class, alpha=1.0)[source]

Negative Binomial exponential family.

linka link instance, optional

The default link for the negative binomial family is the log link. Available links are log, cloglog, identity, nbinom and power. See statsmodels.genmod.families.links for more information.

alphafloat, optional

The ancillary parameter for the negative binomial distribution. For now alpha is assumed to be nonstochastic. The default value is 1. Permissible values are usually assumed to be between .01 and 2.


Power link functions are not yet supported.

Parameterization for \(y=0, 1, 2, \ldots\) is

\[f(y) = \frac{\Gamma(y+\frac{1}{\alpha})}{y!\Gamma(\frac{1}{\alpha})} \left(\frac{1}{1+\alpha\mu}\right)^{\frac{1}{\alpha}} \left(\frac{\alpha\mu}{1+\alpha\mu}\right)^y\]

with \(E[Y]=\mu\,\) and \(Var[Y]=\mu+\alpha\mu^2\).

NegativeBinomial.linka link instance

The link function of the negative binomial instance

NegativeBinomial.variancevarfunc instance

variance is an instance of statsmodels.genmod.families.varfuncs.nbinom


deviance(endog, mu[, var_weights, …])

The deviance function evaluated at (endog, mu, var_weights, freq_weights, scale) for the distribution.


Fitted values based on linear predictors lin_pred.

loglike(endog, mu[, var_weights, …])

The log-likelihood function in terms of the fitted mean response.

loglike_obs(endog, mu[, var_weights, scale])

The log-likelihood function for each observation in terms of the fitted mean response for the Negative Binomial distribution.


Linear predictors based on given mu values.

resid_anscombe(endog, mu[, var_weights, scale])

The Anscombe residuals

resid_dev(endog, mu[, var_weights, scale])

The deviance residuals


Starting value for mu in the IRLS algorithm.



Weights for IRLS steps