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# PHP | stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f() Function

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing briefly about the stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f() function.

The stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f() function generates a random deviate from the non-central F distribution.

## Syntax

Following below is the syntax to use this function -

`float stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f( float \$dfn, float \$dfd, float \$xnonc )`

## Parameter Details

Sr.NoParameterDescription
1

dfn

The degrees of freedom of the numerator

2

dfd

The degrees of freedom of the numerator

3

xnonc

The non-centrality parameterv

## Return Value

This PHP function return a random deviate from the noncentral f distribution where dfn (numerator) and dfd (denominator) are the degrees of freedom, and xnonc is the non-centrality parameter.

## Dependencies

This built-in function was first introduced in statistics extension (PHP version 4.0.0 and PEAR v1.4.0). In this tutorial guide, we used the latest release of stats-2.0.3 (PHP v7.0.0 or newer and PEAR version 1.4.0 or newer).

### Example1

The example below computes the random deviation from the non-central f distribution, where the degrees of freedoms are 2 and 3, and the non-centrality parameter is 4 -

```<?php
var_dump(is_float(stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(2, 3, 4)));
?>```

#### Output

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

`bool(true)`

### Example2

The following below is an error case. In the following example, we have passed dfn < 1. A warning is shown in logs -

```<?php
// error cases
var_dump(stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(0.9, 3, 4));    // dfn < 1
?>```

#### Output

The above code will produce the following result and a warning in logs PHP Warning: stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(): Either (1) Numerator dfn < 1.0 or (2) Denominator dfd <= 0.0 or (3) Noncentral parameter xnonc < 0.0. dfn: 9.000000E-1 dfd: 3.000000E+0 xnonc: 4.000000E+0

`bool(false)`

### Example3

The following below is an error case. In the following example, we have passed dfd < 0. A warning is shown in logs -

```<?php
// error cases
var_dump(stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(2, -0.1, 4));   // dfd < 0
?>```

#### Output

The above code will produce the following result and a warning in logs PHP Warning: stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(): Either (1) Numerator dfn < 1.0 or (2) Denominator dfd <= 0.0 or (3) Noncentral parameter xnonc < 0.0. dfn: 2.000000E+0 dfd: -1.000000E-1 xnonc: 4.000000E+0

`bool(false)`

### Example4

The following below is an error case. In the following example, we have passed dfd == 0. A warning is shown in logs -

```<?php
// error cases
var_dump(stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(2, 0, 4));      // dfd == 0
?>```

#### Output

The above code will produce the following result and a warning in logs PHP Warning: stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(): Either (1) Numerator dfn < 1.0 or (2) Denominator dfd <= 0.0 or (3) Noncentral parameter xnonc < 0.0. dfn: 2.000000E+0 dfd: 0.000000E+0 xnonc: 4.000000E+0

`bool(false)`

### Example5

The following below is an error case. In the following example, we have passed xnonc < 0. A warning is shown in logs -

```<?php
// error cases
var_dump(stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(2, 3, -0.1));   // xnonc < 0
?>```

#### Output

The above code will produce the following result and a warning in logs PHP Warning: stats_rand_gen_noncentral_f(): Either (1) Numerator dfn < 1.0 or (2) Denominator dfd <= 0.0 or (3) Noncentral parameter xnonc < 0.0. dfn: 2.000000E+0 dfd: 3.000000E+0 xnonc: -1.000000E-1

`bool(false)`

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we will be studying about the built-in PHP stats_rand_gen_noncentral_t() Function.

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