Building a model#

In order to build a generic model the concept of function and distributed density functions (PDFs) need to be clarified. The PDF, or density of a continuous random variable, of X is a function f(x) that describes the relative likelihood for this random variable to take on a given value. In this sense, for any two numbers a and b with \(a \leq b\),

\(P(a \leq X \leq b) = \int^{b}_{a}f(X)dx\)

That is, the probability that X takes on a value in the interval \([a, b]\) is the area above this interval and under the graph of the density function. In other words, in order to a function to be a PDF it must satisfy two criteria: 1. \(f(x) \geq 0\) for all x; 2. \(\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}f(x)dx =\) are under the entire graph of \(f(x)=1\). In zfit these distinctions are respected, i.e., a function can be converted into a PDF by imposing the basic two criteria above.

Predefined PDFs and basic properties#

A series of predefined PDFs are available to the users and can be easily accessed using autocompletion (if available). In fact, all of these can also be seen in

import os
os.environ["ZFIT_DISABLE_TF_WARNINGS"] = "1"

import zfit
from zfit import z
import numpy as np
['BasePDF', 'BaseFunctor', 'Exponential', 'Voigt', 'CrystalBall', 'DoubleCB', 'GeneralizedCB', 'GaussExpTail', 'GeneralizedGaussExpTail', 'Gauss', 'BifurGauss', 'Uniform', 'TruncatedGauss', 'WrapDistribution', 'Cauchy', 'Poisson', 'QGauss', 'ChiSquared', 'StudentT', 'Gamma', 'JohnsonSU', 'Bernstein', 'Chebyshev', 'Legendre', 'Chebyshev2', 'Hermite', 'Laguerre', 'RecursivePolynomial', 'ProductPDF', 'SumPDF', 'GaussianKDE1DimV1', 'KDE1DimGrid', 'KDE1DimExact', 'KDE1DimFFT', 'KDE1DimISJ', 'FFTConvPDFV1', 'ConditionalPDFV1', 'ZPDF', 'SimplePDF', 'SimpleFunctorPDF', 'UnbinnedFromBinnedPDF', 'BinnedFromUnbinnedPDF', 'HistogramPDF', 'SplineMorphingPDF', 'BinwiseScaleModifier', 'BinnedSumPDF', 'SplinePDF', 'TruncatedPDF', 'LogNormal', 'CachedPDF']

These include the basic function but also some operations discussed below. Let’s consider the simple example of a CrystalBall. PDF objects must also be initialised giving their named parameters. For example:

obs = zfit.Space('x', limits=(4800, 6000))

# Creating the parameters for the crystal ball
mu = zfit.Parameter("mu", 5279, 5100, 5300)
sigma = zfit.Parameter("sigma", 20, 0, 50)
a = zfit.Parameter("a", 1, 0, 10)
n = zfit.Parameter("n", 1, 0, 10)

# Single crystal Ball
model_cb = zfit.pdf.CrystalBall(obs=obs, mu=mu, sigma=sigma, alpha=a, n=n)

In this case the CB object corresponds to a normalised PDF. The main properties of a PDF, e.g. the probability for a given normalisation range or even to set a temporary normalisation range can be given as

# Get the probabilities of some random generated events
probs = model_cb.pdf(x=np.random.random(10))
[2.84760804e-05 2.84781415e-05 2.84739220e-05 2.84771865e-05
 2.84756242e-05 2.84741848e-05 2.84732971e-05 2.84777831e-05
 2.84742836e-05 2.84746421e-05], shape=(10,), dtype=float64)

# The norm range of the pdf can be changed any time with a contextmanager (temporary) or without (permanent)
with model_cb.set_norm_range((5000, 6000)):
<zfit Space obs=('x',), axes=(0,), limits=(array([[5000.]]), array([[6000.]])), binned=False>

Another feature for the PDF is to calculate its integral in a certain limit. This can be easily achieved by

# Calculate the integral between 5000 and 5250 over the PDF normalized
integral_norm = model_cb.integrate(limits=(5000, 5250))

In this case the CB has been normalised using the range defined in the observable. Conversely, the norm in which the PDF is normalised can also be specified as input.

Composite PDF#

A common feature in building composite models it the ability to combine in terms of sum and products different PDFs. There are two ways to create such models, either with the class API or with simple Python syntax. Let’s consider a second crystal ball with the same mean position and width, but different tail parameters

# New tail parameters for the second CB
a2 = zfit.Parameter("a2", -1, -10, 0)
n2 = zfit.Parameter("n2", 1, 0, 10)

# New crystal Ball function defined in the same observable range
model_cb2 = zfit.pdf.CrystalBall(obs=obs, mu=mu, sigma=sigma, alpha=a2, n=n2)

We can now combine these two PDFs to create a double Crystal Ball with a single mean and width through the zfit.pdf.SumPDF class:

# or via the class API
frac = 0.3  # can also be a Parameter
double_cb_class = zfit.pdf.SumPDF(pdfs=[model_cb, model_cb2], fracs=frac)

Notice that the new PDF has the same observables as the original ones, as they coincide. Alternatively one could consider having PDFs for different axis, which would then create a totalPDF with higher dimension.

A simple extension of these operations is if we want to instead of a sum of PDFs, to model a two-dimensional Gaussian (e.g.):

# Defining two Gaussians in two different observables
mu1 = zfit.Parameter("mu1", 1.)
sigma1 = zfit.Parameter("sigma1", 1.)
gauss1 = zfit.pdf.Gauss(obs=obs, mu=mu1, sigma=sigma1)

obs2 = zfit.Space('y', limits=(5, 11))

mu2 = zfit.Parameter("mu2", 1.)
sigma2 = zfit.Parameter("sigma2", 1.)
gauss2 = zfit.pdf.Gauss(obs=obs2, mu=mu2, sigma=sigma2)

# Producing the product of two PDFs
prod_gauss = gauss1 * gauss2
# Or alternatively
prod_gauss_class = zfit.pdf.ProductPDF(pdfs=[gauss2, gauss1])  # notice the different order or the pdf

The new PDF is now in two dimensions. The order of the observables follows the order of the PDFs given.

print("python syntax product obs", prod_gauss.obs)
python syntax product obs
('x', 'y')

print("class API product obs", prod_gauss_class.obs)
class API product obs
('y', 'x')

Extended PDF#

In the event there are different species of distributions in a given observable, the simple sum of PDFs does not a priori provides the absolute number of events for each specie but rather the fraction as seen above. An example is a Gaussian mass distribution with an exponential background, e.g.

\(P = f_{S}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}\sigma} e^{-\frac{(x-\mu)^{2}}{2\sigma^{2}}} + (1 - f_{S}) e^{-\alpha x}\)

Since we are interested to express a measurement of the number of events, the expression \(M(x) = N_{S}S(x) + N_{B}B(x)\) respect that M(x) is normalised to \(N_{S} + N_{B} = N\) instead of one. This means that \(M(x)\) is not a true PDF but rather an expression for two quantities, the shape and the number of events in the distributions.

An extended PDF can be easily implemented in zfit in two ways:

# Create a parameter for the number of events
yield_gauss = zfit.Parameter("yield_gauss", 100, 0, 1000)

# Extended PDF using a predefined method
extended_gauss = gauss1.create_extended(yield_gauss)

This will leave gauss1 unextended while the extended_gauss is now extended. However, there are cases where create_extended() may fails, such as if it can’t copy the original PDF. A PDF can also be extended in-place

print(f"Gauss is extended: {gauss1.is_extended}")
print(f"Gauss is extended: {gauss1.is_extended}")
Gauss is extended: False

Gauss is extended: True


An extended PDF in zfit does not fundamentally alter the behavior. Most importantly, anything that works for a non-extended PDF will work in the exact same way if the PDF is extended (anything working, e.g. exceptions may differ). This implies that the output of pdf() and integrate() will remain the same.

An extended PDF will have more available functionality such as the methods ext_pdf() and ext_integrate(), which will scale the output by the yield.

This means that there is no damage done in extending a PDF. It also implies that the other way around, “de-extending” is not possible but also never required.

Custom PDF#

A fundamental design choice of zfit is the ability to create custom PDFs and functions in an easy way. Let’s consider a simplified implementation

class MyGauss(zfit.pdf.ZPDF):
    """Simple implementation of a Gaussian similar to zfit.pdf.Gauss class"""
    _N_OBS = 1  # dimension, can be omitted
    _PARAMS = ['mean', 'std']  # name of the parameters

    def _unnormalized_pdf(self, x):
       x = z.unstack_x(x)
       mean = self.params['mean']
       std  = self.params['std']
       return z.exp(- ((x - mean) / std) ** 2)

This is the basic information required for this custom PDF. With this new PDF one can access the same feature of the predefined PDFs, e.g.

obs_own = zfit.Space("my obs", limits=(-4, 4))

mean = zfit.Parameter("mean", 1.)
std  = zfit.Parameter("std", 1.)
my_gauss = MyGauss(obs=obs_own, mean=mean, std=std)

# For instance sampling, integral and probabilities
data     = my_gauss.sample(15)
integral = my_gauss.integrate(limits=(-1, 2))
probs    = my_gauss.pdf(data,norm_range=(-3, 4))
print(f"Probs: {probs} and integral: {integral}")
Probs: [0.29665584 0.55190259 0.52370403 0.51686884 0.32460554 0.40285488
 0.51621566 0.22749874 0.366265   0.55966556 0.31706217 0.05578858
 0.56120051 0.24401465 0.55928935] and integral: [0.91902168]

Finally, we could also improve the description of the PDF by providing a analytical integral for the MyGauss PDF:

def gauss_integral_from_any_to_any(limits, params, model):
   (lower,), (upper,) = limits.limits
   mean = params['mean']
   std = params['std']
   # Write you integral
   return 42. # Dummy value

# Register the integral
limits = zfit.Space(axes=0, limits=(zfit.Space.ANY_LOWER, zfit.Space.ANY_UPPER))
MyGauss.register_analytic_integral(func=gauss_integral_from_any_to_any, limits=limits)

Sampling from a Model#

In order to sample from model, there are two different methods, sample() for advanced sampling returning a Tensor, and create_sampler() for multiple sampling as used for toys.

Tensor sampling#

The sample from sample() is a Tensor that samples when executed. This is for an advanced usecase only

Advanced sampling and toy studies#

More advanced and repeated sampling, such as used in toy studies, will be explained in Toy studies and inference.

Download this tutorial notebook, script

Cached PDF#

Your pdf can be cacheable now. zfit.models.cache.CachedPDF class makes methods pdf() and integrate() cacheable. CachedPDF will be useful in the case of composite pdfs when you want to fit only one of them, you can make another one cacheable so it’s methods won’t be recalculated when input arguments and pdf parameters stay the same.

For example you have sum of Gaussian and exponential pdfs:

# pdf creation
obs = zfit.Space("x", limits=(-10, 10))
mu = zfit.Parameter("mu", 1.0, -4, 6)
sigma = zfit.Parameter("sigma", 1.0, 0.1, 10)
lambd = zfit.Parameter("lambda", -1.0, -5.0, 0)
frac = zfit.Parameter("fraction", 0.5, 0.0, 1.0)

gauss = zfit.pdf.Gauss(mu=mu, sigma=sigma, obs=obs)
exponential = zfit.pdf.Exponential(lambd, obs=obs)

# make exponential pdf cacheable
cached_exponential = zfit.pdf.CachedPDF(exponential)

# create SumPDF with cacheable exponential pdf
sum_pdf = zfit.pdf.SumPDF([gauss, cached_exponential], fracs=frac)

Done! Your optimized SumPDF is ready for fitting.