I hadn’t run into the hyperbolic secant distribution until I saw a paper by Peng Ding  recently. If C is a standard Cauchy random variable, then (2/π) log |C| has a hyperbolic secant distribution. Three applications of this distribution are given in .
Ding’s paper contains a plot comparing the density functions for the hyperbolic secant distribution, the standard normal distribution, and the logistic distribution with scale √3/π. The scale for the logistic was chosen so that all three distributions would have variance 1.
There’s something interesting about comparing logistic distribution and the hyperbolic secant distribution densities: the former is the square of the latter, aside from some scaling, and yet the two functions are similar. You don’t often approximate a function by its square.
Here’s a plot of the two densities.
The hyperbolic secant density, the blue curve, crosses the logistic density around ± 0.56 and around ± 2.33.
The hyperbolic secant distribution has density
and the logistic distribution, as scaled in above, has density
 Peng Ding. Three Occurrences of the Hyperbolic-Secant Distribution. The American Statistician , Feb 2014, Vol. 68, No. 1 (2014), pp. 32-35