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1. Introduction

The EIU has introduced the democracy index scores [1] in 2006. It is used to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 164 are UN member states. Some researcher studied the relationship between political environment and health services accessibility (HSA) addressed the gap in the literature by examining the relationship between political environment and HSA [2]. David F. J. Campbell [3] elaborated the basic concept for the Democracy Ranking of the Quality of Democracy and compared this approach in context of academic discourses about democracy and the quality of democracy. Sung [4] studied the cross-national comparison of democracy and corruption. To our knowledge, the statistical distribution of this score was not studied to understand the probabilistic behavior.

In this study, we have studied the data on the DIS and estimated the probability density functions to represent the behavior of the scores statistically. By doing so, one can utilize the estimated pdf to calculate the probability of the random variable falling within a particular range of values, in our case, it is from 0 to 10 as defined by the EIU. Therefore, it is practically relevant to the fact that if anyone wants to find the probability of a group of countries falling in a certain range of scores then that will give them an idea of that particular countries quality of democracy with certain type of assurance statistically.

2. Measuring Democracy

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) index of democracy is based on the view that measures of democracy that reflect the state of political freedoms and civil liberties are not thick enough. Their democracy index is based on five categories: 1) Electoral Process and Pluralism (EPP); 2) Civil Liberties (CL); 3) Functioning of Government (FG); 4) Political Participation (PP); and 5) Political Culture (PC). The present study is to find the probability density function (PDF) of the scores by the EIU. Having identified the PDF of the EIU data we can probabilistically characterize the democracy behavior that is driven by the collected data.

In addition, having the PDF of the EIU index scores we can obtain other useful information such as the probability of a given country being one of the categories of Democracy [5] named fully democratic, Flawed democratic, Hybrid regime, Authoritarian regime among other useful information.

3. Data Source and Methodology

In this study, we are using the data from the Economist Intelligence Units (EIU) Democracy Index [5]. These data sets are to be used only for the subject study. The data consists of five different attributable variables that identify the type of Democracy that we will use in our study. Given below, Figure 1 is the schematic diagram of the complete data set that we will be using.

As part of our preliminary preparation of the dataset, we have checked to see that the data was randomly collected to determine if there is any biasness and it does not contain any outliers. So, after these aforementioned tests, we proceeded to find the best Probability Distribution Functions (PDF) of all the DIS scores and each of the four classification of Democracy, namely, Full, Flawed, Hybrid, and Authoritarian Regime.

3.1. Finding the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of All the Democracy Index Scores (DIS)

In the process of finding the best fitted PDF, we have implemented the methodology of graphing the variable DIS which will give us an initial idea of what the

Figure 1. Data Diagram of democracy index score (DIS).

distribution may look like [6]. Then we shall identify the best candidates for the PDF that characterizes the subject variable. The following, Table 1, shows the basic statistic of the variable democracy scores (DIS) of 167 countries of the world.

From Table 1, we see that the average (mean) democracy index score for all the countries of the world is 5.548 and the standard deviation is approximately 2.18. It should be noted that the data is slightly left skewed with skewness value of −0.08153. The mean is the sample mean as defined the statistical

literature as, $\stackrel{\xaf}{x}=\frac{1}{n}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{x}_{i}$ and the sample standard deviation is calculated by the formula, $s=\sqrt{\frac{1}{n-1}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}{\left({x}_{i}-\stackrel{\xaf}{x}\right)}^{2}}$. The skewness and kurtosis are estimated

by the formulas explained by Joanes and Gill [7], where they suggested to find the sample estimates of skewness by the quantity defined as,

${b}_{1}=\frac{\frac{1}{n}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}{\left({x}_{i}-\stackrel{\xaf}{x}\right)}^{3}}{{\left[\frac{1}{n-1}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}{\left({x}_{i}-\stackrel{\xaf}{x}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{3/2}}$ and the kurtosis was estimated from the sample data by ${g}_{1}=\frac{\frac{1}{n}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}{\left({x}_{i}-\stackrel{\xaf}{x}\right)}^{4}}{{\left[\frac{1}{n}{\displaystyle {\sum}_{i=1}^{n}}{\left({x}_{i}-\stackrel{\xaf}{x}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{2}}-3$. A histogram of the scores also supports the

same information provided in the descriptive statistics given in Table 1.

3.1.1. Goodness-of-Fit Tests for All DIS

We proceeded by testing the goodness-of-fit for a number of well defined PDFs using three statistical tests, namely, Kolomogrov-Smirnov [8], Anderson-Darling [9] and Chi-square [10]. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test is based on minimum difference estimation. The Anderson-Darling measures whether the data can be transformed into the uniform probability distribution and the Chi-square test for goodness-of-fit is a measure of relative error squared [11].

Table 1. Descriptive statistic of DIS of 167 countries of the WORLD.

We have found that, the Mixed Gaussian PDF best fits all the DIS data as it is supported by the results given in Table 2.

Thus, we proceed to discuss and fit the Mixed Gaussian PDF of the DIS of 167 countries of the world.

3.1.2. Analytical Structure of the PDF of Democracy Index Score (DIS)

After passing the data through the aforementioned three goodness-of-fit tests [12], the probability distribution that captures the characteristics of DIS the best is the “Mixed Gaussian Probability Density Function”. A Gaussian mixture model [13] is parameterized by two types of values, the mixture component weights and the component means and variance/covariance. For a Gaussian mixture model with K components, the K^{th} component has a mean of
${\mu}_{k}$ and standard deviation of
${\sigma}_{k}$ for the univariate case. In our case
$K=2$ because in the estimated pdf we have mixure of two distributions as postulated in Figure 2. The analytical structure is given by:

$\begin{array}{l}f\left(x\right)={\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{k}{\sum}}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\varphi}_{i}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}^{2}\right),\\ \text{with}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}\right)=\frac{1}{{\sigma}_{i}\sqrt{2\pi}}\mathrm{exp}\left(-\frac{{\left(x-{\mu}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{{\sigma}_{i}^{2}}\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-\infty \le X\le \infty \end{array}$ (3.1)

The mean and the variance is 5.554 and 4.912, respectively, with standard deviation of 2.216. Alternative analytical form of the PDF given in Equation (3.1) has the following form of PDF:

$f\left(x\right)=(\begin{array}{l}\frac{{\varphi}_{1}{\text{e}}^{-\frac{{\left(x-{\mu}_{1}\right)}^{2}}{2{\sigma}_{1}^{2}}}}{\sqrt{2\pi}{\sigma}_{1}\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}\right)}+\frac{{\varphi}_{2}{\text{e}}^{-\frac{{\left(x-{\mu}_{2}\right)}^{2}}{2{\sigma}_{2}^{2}}}}{\sqrt{2\pi}{\sigma}_{2}\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}\right)}\\ \mathrm{0,}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{otherwise}\end{array}$ (3.2)

For our data, the approximate maximum likelihood estimates (MLE) of the parameters ( ${\sigma}_{i}$, ${\mu}_{i}$, and ${\varphi}_{i}$ ) of 2 are given in Table 3.

Thus, the estimated analytical form of the subject PDF is given by-

$f\left(x\right)=(\begin{array}{ll}0.144{\text{e}}^{-0.53{\left(x-3.11\right)}^{2}}+0.18{\text{e}}^{-0.24{\left(x-6.88\right)}^{2}}\mathrm{,}\hfill & 0\le X\le 10\hfill \\ \mathrm{0,}\hfill & \text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.3)

The graph of 3 is given by Figure 3.

Thus, if a country was selected at random from the 167 countries, one can identify the probability of its classification of the four categories of Democracy. By using the plots given in Figure 3, one can easily identify the areas under the curve for each of the classes of democracy defined by EIU. For example, if

Table 2. Goodness-of-fit summary.

Table 3. MLEs of mixture distribution fitted to democracy index score.

Figure 2. Histogram of democracy index scores.

Figure 3. PDF plot of DIS (Mixed Gaussian PDF).

anyone calculates the probability of DIS within the range of 7.64 to 10, then the corresponding probability would be the probability of any country falling in the “Fully Democratic” category and so on. Furthermore, the moment generating function of 3 is given by

${M}_{X}\left(t\right)=0.351{\text{e}}^{3.11t+0.47{t}^{2}}+0.65{\text{e}}^{6.88t+1.033{t}^{2}}$ (3.4)

The moment generating function (MGF) is given in the Equation (3.4) can be used to calculate the moments of higher order and consequently to calculated the mean and variance of the Mixed Gaussian PDF. Thus, if a country is selected at random from the population of 167 countries we will expect its DIS to be 5.554. Also, we calculate the variance, $V\left[X\right]=4.912$ and standard deviation, $STDV\left[X\right]=2.216$. Note that these estimates are close to the basic statistics given in Table 1, which assures to the quality of the fit of Mixed Gaussian PDF.

The Cumulative Distribution Function of the DIS is as follows:

$F\left(x\right)=P\left(X\le x\right)=\frac{{\varphi}_{1}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{1}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{1}}\right)}{2\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}\right)}+\frac{{\varphi}_{2}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{2}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{2}}\right)}{2\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}\right)}$ (3.5)

where, ${\theta}_{1}$ and ${\theta}_{2}$ are 0.351 & 0.649 respectively and erfc is the “cumulative error function”

The graph of cumulative distribution function is by following Figure 4.

Figure 4, is very useful in the cases, for example, if anyone wants to know the probability of any country will have a DIS less than 3.8 (i.e. $P\left[\text{DIS}\le 3.8\right]$ ), then from the above figure it is shown that the probability would be 0.278 or approximately 28% of the areas under the cumulative probability distribution curve. Also, if we are curious about the probability of any country’s DIS less than or equal to 5.6, then from Figure 4, one can easily estimate it and the probability is approximately 0.81% or 81% area under the cumulative curve and so on.

Now we will proceed to find the PDF for each of the four classified categories of Democracy in the following sections.

3.2. Finding the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of “Fully Democratic” Countries of the World

Here we shall proceed to find the probability distribution that characterize the probabilistic behavior of only the DIS data for Full Democracy. To do this we have implemented the same steps we have used in finding the overall PDF of DIS for all democracy classifications. For this purpose, we have started with the basic descriptive statistics of Fully Democratic countries.

From Table 4, we see that, this subset of the overall data is slightly right skewed with a value of 0.77913 and it has a mean of 8.4292. The histogram of the Full Democratic Countries is given in Figure 5. From this histogram, the implication is that we need to fit some sort of mixed probability distribution.

Using the three goodness-of-fit tests to the present data of fully democratic countries we have identified that the data can be characterized probabilistically by the “Mixed distribution of 2-Gaussian PDF”. The justification of this selection is confirmed by the three methods of goodness-of-fit that we used in Table 5 given below confirms that the best pdf for the full democratic data is the Mixed Gaussian PDF.

Figure 4. CDF plot of democracy index scores.

Figure 5. Fitted PDF to histogram of fully democratic countries.

Table 4. Descriptive statistic of full democratic countries of the world.

Table 5. Goodness-of-fit summary for fully democratic countries.

Thus, the fitted theoretical PDF of the subject data is given by-

$\begin{array}{l}f\left(x\right)={\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{k}{\sum}}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\varphi}_{i}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}^{2}\right),\\ \text{Here}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}^{2}\right)=\frac{1}{{\sigma}_{i}\sqrt{2\pi}}\mathrm{exp}\left(-\frac{{\left(x-{\mu}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{{\sigma}_{i}^{2}}\right)\end{array}$ (3.6)

The approximate MLEs of the parameters that drive the estimated Mixed Gaussian PDF are given by Table 6.

Also, ${\sum}_{i=1}^{2}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\stackrel{^}{\varphi}}_{i}={\stackrel{^}{\varphi}}_{1}+{\stackrel{^}{\varphi}}_{2}=0.53+0.47=1.00$, are the weights of 2-Gaussian PDF of the mixed distribution. Thus, the analytical structure of the estimated PDF of Fully Democratic countries of the world is given by

$f\left(x\right)=(\begin{array}{ll}0.36{\text{e}}^{-1.8{\left(x-9.02\right)}^{2}}+1.23{\text{e}}^{-17.21{\left(x-7.93\right)}^{2}},\hfill & 7.6\le X\le 10\hfill \\ 0,\hfill & \text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.7)

The graph of the PDF of 3.7 is given in Figure 6(a).

The expected value and variance of Fully Democratic data subset is 8.4482 and 0.4453 respectively. That is, if a country is selected at random from this cluster we expect it’s DIS will be approximately 8.45. Also, the probability that a country will have a DIS of more than 9 is 0.246 as shown in Figure 6(b).

The CDF of the Fully Democratic countries of the world is given by-

$F\left(x\right)=P\left(X\le x\right)=\frac{1}{4}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{1}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{1}}\right)+\frac{1}{4}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{2}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{2}}\right)$ (3.8)

The graph of $F\left(x\right)$ in Equation (3.8) is given below by Figure 7(a).

The plotting of Figure 7 is very useful in the case if anyone wants to estimate the probability of any country selected at random from this subset of the population and curious about the probability of that country will have a score more than 8.5 but less than 9.5 i.e. $P\left(8.5\le X\le 9.5\right)=1-P\left(X\le 8.5\right)-\left[1-P\left(X\le 9.5\right)\right]$, then that probability is 0.312 as shown in Figure 7(b).

3.3. Finding the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of “Flawed Democratic” Countries of the World

We shall now proceed to find the probability distribution that characterize the probabilistic behavior of only the DIS data for Flawed Democracy. To do this we have implemented the same steps we have used in finding the overall PDF of DIS for all democracy classifications. For this purpose, we have started with the basic descriptive statistics of Flawed Democratic countries.

From Table 7, we see that, this subset of the overall data has a mean 6.67. The histogram of the subject dataset is given in Figure 8. From this histogram, the implication is that we need to fit some sort of mixed probability distribution for this data subset as well.

Using the three goodness-of-fit tests to the present data of Flawed democratic countries we have identified that the data can be characterized probabilistically

Table 6. MLEs of PDF of fully democratic countries.

Table 7. Descriptive statistics of flawed democratic countries.

Figure 6. Plotting PDF of DIS of fully democratic countries of the world. (a) PDF of fully democratic countries; (b) PDF with shaded area for $P\left(X\ge 9\right)$.

Figure 7. Plotting CDF of DIS of fully democratic countries of the world. (a) CDF of fully democratic countries; (b) CDF with shaded area for $P\left(8.5\le X\le 9.5\right)$.

by the “Mixed distribution of 3-Gaussian PDF”. The justification of this selection is confirmed by the three methods of goodness-of-fit that we used in Table 8 given below confirms that the best pdf for the Flawed democratic data is Mixed of 3-Gaussian PDF.

Thus, the fitted theoretical PDF of the subject data is given by:

Figure 8. Fitted PDF to histogram of flawed democratic countries.

Table 8. Goodness-of-fit summary for flawed democratic countries.

$\begin{array}{l}f\left(x\right)={\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{k}{\sum}}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\varphi}_{i}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}\right)\\ \text{Here}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}N\left(x|{\mu}_{i},{\sigma}_{i}\right)=\frac{1}{{\sigma}_{i}\sqrt{2\pi}}\mathrm{exp}\left(-\frac{{\left(x-{\mu}_{i}\right)}^{2}}{{\sigma}_{i}^{2}}\right),\end{array}$ (3.9)

Also, $k=3$ and ${\sum}_{i=1}^{k}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\varphi}_{i}=1$ as well.

The approximate MLEs of the parameters that drive the estimated Mixed Gaussian PDF are given by Table 9.

And at the same time the analytical structure of the parameterized probability density function estimated from the data is given in the Equation (3.10) as follows:

$\begin{array}{l}f\left(x\right)=0.83{\text{e}}^{-41.77{\left(x-7.48\right)}^{2}}+0.79{\text{e}}^{-5.36{\left(x-6.59\right)}^{2}}\\ \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}+1.353{\text{e}}^{-202.8{\left(x-5.84\right)}^{2}}\mathrm{,}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{5}\text{.6}\le X\le \text{7}\text{.8}\end{array}$ (3.10)

Also, the weights for each of the Gaussian density estimated from the data are ${\varphi}_{1}=0.168518$ ${\varphi}_{2}=0.602757$ and ${\varphi}_{3}=0.228725$ that makes ${\sum}_{i=1}^{3}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}\text{\hspace{0.05em}}{\varphi}_{i}=1$.

The graph of the PDF of 3.10 is given in Figure 9.

The expected value and variance of Flawed Democratic data subset is $E\left(x\right)=6.667$ and $V\left(X\right)=0.328$ respectively and this value closely match with the values given in Table 7. Moreover, if a country is selected at random from this cluster we expect it’s DIS will be approximately 6.67. Also, the

Table 9. MLEs of PDF of flawed democratic countries.

Figure 9. Plotting PDF of DIS of flawed democratic countries of the world. (a) PDF of flawed democratic countries; (b) PDF with shaded area for $P\left(6.4\le X\le 7\right)$.

probability that a country will have a DIS between 6.4 and 7 would be approximately 0.4 as shown in Figure 9(b). The cdf of the Flawed Democratic DIS is given by-

$F\left(x\right)=P\left(X\le x\right)=\frac{{\varphi}_{1}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{1}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{1}}\right)}{2\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}+{\varphi}_{3}\right)}+\frac{{\varphi}_{2}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{2}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{2}}\right)}{2\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}+{\varphi}_{3}\right)}+\frac{{\varphi}_{3}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{{\mu}_{3}-x}{\sqrt{2}{\sigma}_{3}}\right)}{2\left({\varphi}_{1}+{\varphi}_{2}+{\varphi}_{3}\right)}$ (3.11)

It’s graph is given by Figure 10(a).

From the figures given above, we can extract some very useful information. Such as, the probability of any country’s DIS is greater or equal to 7 would be approximately 0.283 as shown in Figure 10(b).

3.4. Finding the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of “Hybrid Democratic” Countries of the World

We shall now proceed to find the probability distribution that characterize the probabilistic behavior of only the DIS data for Hybrid Democracy. To do this we have implemented the same steps we have used in finding the overall PDF of DIS for all democracy classifications. For this purpose, we have started with the basic descriptive statistics of Hybrid Regime countries.

The Table 10, describes the basic descriptive statistics of the data subset of Hybrid democratic countries of the world. The sample mean of this subset is 4.9621. Now the histogram of the Hybrid democratic countries are given in Figure 11.

From Figure 11, it is an implication of the best fitted PDF is bell shaped Normal PDF. The justification of this selection is confirmed by the three methods of goodness-of-fit that we used in Table 11. Given below confirms that the best pdf for the full democratic data is Gaussian PDF.

Figure 10. Plotting CDF of DIS of flawed democratic countries of the world. (a) CDF of flawed democratic countries; (b) CDF with shaded area for $P\left(X\ge 7\right)$.

Figure 11. Fitted PDF to histogram of hybrid democratic countries.

Table 10. Descriptive statistic of hybrid democratic countries.

Table 11. Goodness-of-fit summary for hybrid democratic countries.

The MLEs of this pdf fitted to Hybrid democratic countries data is presented in the following table:

From Table 12, we see that the estimated value of the population mean $\stackrel{^}{\mu}=4.966$, which is also the expected value of the PDF of hybrid regime is very

Table 12. MLEs of hybrid democratic countries.

close to the sample mean 4.9621. The analytical structure of the PDF of Hybrid democratic countries is given in the Equation (3.12).

$f\left(x\mathrm{|}\mu \mathrm{,}\sigma \right)=(\begin{array}{ll}\frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}}\mathrm{exp}\left(-\frac{{\left(x-\mu \right)}^{2}}{{\sigma}^{2}}\right)\mathrm{,}\hfill & -\infty \le x\le \infty \hfill \\ \mathrm{0,}\hfill & \text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.12)

The analytical structure of the PDF of Hybrid regime countries with the estimated parameters is given by:

$f\left(x\right)=(\begin{array}{ll}0.566{\text{e}}^{-1.007{\left(x-4.966\right)}^{2}}\mathrm{,}\hfill & \text{3}\text{.5}\le X\le \text{6}\text{.5}\hfill \\ \mathrm{0,}\hfill & \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.13)

The graph of the pdf given in 13 is shown in Figure 12(a).

From the above, one can calculate the expected DIS score of any country randomly selected from this cluster of the population is $E\left(X\right)=4.966$ and the variance $V\left(X\right)=0.496241$. The estimated expected value is a very close match to the sample mean of 4.9621 given in Table 7 and the probability of DIS of any country greater than 5 is 0.481 as per Figure 12(b).

The CDF of Hybrid Regime countries of the world is given by:

$F\left(x\right)=P\left(X\le x\right)=\frac{1}{2}\text{erfc}\left(\frac{\mu -x}{\sqrt{2}\sigma}\right),\text{\hspace{1em}}3.5\le X\le 6.5$ (3.14)

The graph of the CDF mentioned in Equation (3.14) is postulated as follows:

From the figures given above, we can extract some very useful information. Such as, the probability of randomly selected any country’s DIS is less than 5 (i.e. $P\left(X\le 5\right)=1-P\left(X>5\right)$ ) will be 0.52 as shown in Figure 13(b).

3.5. Finding the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of “Authoritarian Regime” Countries of the World

We have implemented the same steps we have used in finding the overall PDF of DIS for all democracy classifications. For this purpose, we have started with the basic descriptive statistics of Authoritarian Regime countries.

Table 13 shows the basic descriptive statistics of the Authoritarian regime of 49 countries of the world. The sample mean is approximately 2.85. The histogram of the subject data subset of overall DIS data is given below.

Figure 14, indicates that the population distribution of this data subset might follow some left skewed probability density functions. This justification is also confirmed by the three methods of Goodness-of-Fit tests. We have found that the population PDF of Authoritarian Regime countries of the world follows the Weibull Distribution and this fact is confirmed by Table 14.

Figure 12. Plotting PDF of DIS of hybrid regime countries of the world. (a) PDF of hybrid regime countries; (b) PDF with shaded area for $P\left(X\ge 5\right)$.

Figure 13. Plotting CDF of DIS of Hybrid regime countries of the world. (a) CDF of hybrid regime countries; (b) CDF with shaded area for $P\left(X\le 5\right)$.

Figure 14. Fitted PDF to histogram of authoritarian regime countries.

From Table 14, it is clear that the population PDF of Authoritarian Regime comes from Weibull Distribution. The approximate MLEs for the given PDF of Equation (3.15) given in Table 15.

The analytical structure of the PDF of Authoritarian Regime countries of the world is given as follows:

Table 13. Descriptive statistic of authoritarian regime countries of the world.

Table 14. Goodness-of-fit summary for authoritarian countries.

$f\left(x\right)=(\begin{array}{ll}\frac{\alpha {\text{e}}^{-{\left(\frac{x}{\beta}\right)}^{\alpha}}{\left(\frac{x}{\beta}\right)}^{\alpha -1}}{\beta},\hfill & \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{if}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x>0\hfill \\ 0,\hfill & \text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.15)

The parameterized PDF of 3.15 is given by

$f\left(x\right)\mathrm{=}(\begin{array}{ll}0.0228{x}^{3.667}{\text{e}}^{-0.005{x}^{4.667}}\mathrm{,}\hfill & 0\le X\le 3.89\hfill \\ \mathrm{0,}\hfill & \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{otherwise}\hfill \end{array}$ (3.16)

The corresponding graph of 3.16 is given below.

The expected value from this PDF is 2.858, which is very close to the sample mean $\stackrel{\xaf}{x}=2.851$. This indicates that our density estimation process is statistically correct. Also, it tells the fact that, if any country is randomly selected from this population, then the expected democracy index score would be approximately 2.86. Moreover, if a country is randomly selected from this cluster of the population then the probability of that country’s DIS is greater 3 will be approximately 0.44 as shown in Figure 15(b).

The CDF for the Authoritarian Regime countries is given by-

$F\left(X\right)=1-P\left(X\ge x\right)=1-{\text{e}}^{-{\left(\frac{x}{\beta}\right)}^{\alpha}}$ (3.17)

The plot of the above CDF given in Equation (3.17) is as follows:

Thus, if any country is randomly selected from this sub-population, then the expected democracy index score would be 2.86 and the probability of that country being selected and having score less than or equal to 3 would be approximately 0.56 as shown in Figure 16(b).

4. Conclusions

In the present study, we have found the probability distribution function, PDF, of the Democracy Index Scores, DIS, that have been documented by the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU. Having identified the PDF of the subject data we can characterize the probabilistic behavior of different types of Democracy of

Figure 15. Plotting PDF of DIS of authoritarian regime countries of the world. (a) PDF of authoritarian regime; (b) PDF with Shaded area for $P\left(X\ge 3\right)$.

Figure 16. Plotting CDF of DIS of authoritarian regime countries of the world. (a) CDF of Authoritarian Regime; (b) CDF with Shaded area for $P\left(X\le 3\right)$.

Table 15. MLEs of authoritarian regime countries.

different countries of the world. The EIU collected information of 167 countries in the world and descriptively classified each country as 1) Full Democracy, 2) Flawed Democracy, 3) Hybrid Regime, and 4) Authoritarian Regime. We proceeded to find the PDF and it’s CPDF of

a) All the DIS scores for 167 countries to be the “Mixture of 2-Gaussian Probability Density Function”.

b) The PDF of Fully Democratic 35 countries out of 167 to be “2-Mixed Gaussian Probability Density Function”.

c) The PDF of 47 Flawed Democratic countries out of 167 countries follows “3-Mixed Gaussian Probability Density Function”.

d) The PDF of 36 Hybrid Regime countries out of 167 countries of the world follows the “Normal Probability Density Function”.

e) The PDF of 49 Authoritarian countries out of 167 countries have the “Weibull Probability Density Function”.

Thus, we can characterize the probabilistic behavior of all the DIS scores or the DIS for each of the four categories of democracy around the globe and obtain other useful information.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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