# foldl-statistics

A reimplementation of the Statistics.Sample
module using the foldl package.
The intention of this package is to allow these algorithms to be used on a much broader set of data input types,
including lists and streaming libraries such as `conduit`

and `pipes`

, and any other type which is `Foldable`

.

All statistics in this package can be computed with no more than two passes over the data - once to compute the mean and once to compute
any statistics which require the mean. this is achieved because foldl `Fold`

s are `Applicative`

, which means that to compute, for example, the first 4 central moments as well as the count, the following could be used:

```
import Control.Foldl as F
...
dataseries :: [Double]
dataseries = ...
...
let m = F.fold mean dataseries
(c2,c3,c4,c5,n) = flip F.fold dataseries $
(\(c2,c3) (c4,c5) n -> (c2,c3,c4,c5,n))
<$> centralMoment 2 3 m
<*> centralMoment 4 5 m
<*> F.length
```

which traverses the data twice, once to compute the mean `m`

, and once to compute all the central moments and the count concurrently. This brings along with it for free the ability to compute streaming statistics, such as the mean of all data seen so far, using the `foldl`

’s `scan`

function.

Where possible, care has been taken to ensure the numerical stability of the computation of statistics.

Several algorithms require the mean of the data to be known before computing the statistic, such as `skewness`

, `kurtosis`

and other `centralMoment`

s.
There are ‘fast’ implementations for calculating the variance, unbiased variance and standard deviation, which can be computed without knowing the mean
*a priori*, but which may produce less accurate results.

## Performance & Correctness

Benchmarks are included comparing performance to the statistics package. In nearly all cases, the implementations in this package perform better than those in `statistics`

on the same inputs, and in several cases, performing two passes (to compute the mean and another statistic) is faster than the equivalent `statistics`

implementation.

This speed has not come at the cost of correctness; all `Fold`

s are tested against their `statistics`

counterparts to ensure the results are identical.

These results can be confirmed by running

```
stack build --test --bench --benchmark-arguments "--output bench.html"
```

which will print out the results of the tests against `statistics`

and then run the benchmark (this may take several minutes and is best run on a “quiet” machine which is doing very little other than running the benchmark). The results of the benchmarking are then available in the file `bench.html`

.