poisson_simulation, a Python code which simulates a Poisson process in which events occur uniformly at random, with an average waiting time of Lambda.

Note that the Poisson distribution therefore also describes the distribution of distances from one point to the next, assuming the points are distributed uniformly at random along a line, with average density Lambda per unit length.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


poisson_simulation is available in a C version and a C++ version and a Fortran90 version and a MATLAB version and an Octave version and a Python version.

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python_simulation, a Python code which uses simulation to study card games, contests, and other processes which have a random element. Usually, the purpose is to try to predict the average behavior of the system over many trials.

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Last revised on 27 November 2022.