In the mathematical theory of probability, the combinants cn of a random variable X are defined via the combinant-generating function G(t), which is defined from the moment generating function M(z) as

which can be expressed directly in terms of a random variable X as

wherever this expectation exists.

The nth combinant can be obtained as the nth derivatives of the logarithm of combinant generating function evaluated at –1 divided by n factorial:

Important features in common with the cumulants are:


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