# Probability density function

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Stochastic methods use distribution functions to decribe the fluctuacting scalars in a turbulent field.

The distribution function $F_\phi(\Phi)$ of a scalar $\phi$ is the probability $p$ of finding a value of $\phi < \Phi$

$F_\phi(\Phi) = p(\phi < \Phi)$

The probability of finding $\phi$ in a range $\Phi_1,\Phi_2$ is

$p(\Phi_1 <\phi < \Phi_2) = F_\phi(\Phi_2)-F_\phi(\Phi_1)$

The probability density function (PDF) is

$P(\Phi)= \frac{d F_\phi(\Phi)} {d \Phi}$

where $P(\Phi) d\Phi$ is the probability of $\phi$ being in the range $(\Phi,\Phi+d\Phi)$. It follows that

$\int P(\Phi) d \Phi = 1$

Integrating over all the possible values of $\phi$. The PDF of any stochastic variable depends "a-priori" on space and time.

$P(\Phi;x,t)$