RE: st: Generating a logistically distributed random variable.

 From "David M. Drukker, Stata Corp" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject RE: st: Generating a logistically distributed random variable. Date Mon, 19 Aug 2002 10:37:27 -0500

```Eric Powers <epowers@moore.sc.edu> asked:

> To generate a normal (0,1) random variable you use
> invnorm(uniform()).  How do you generate a random variable that is
> logistically distributed?

Using the logistic distribution function we have
exp(x)
p = -----------
1 + exp(x)

Solving for p as a function of x yields

-      -
|    p |
ln |------| = x
| 1 - p|
-      -

So, here is a log of one way to implement this method in Stata

. set obs 1000
obs was 0, now 1000

. gen double p = uniform()

. gen lg = ln(p/(1-p))

. sum lg

Variable |     Obs        Mean   Std. Dev.       Min        Max
-------------+-----------------------------------------------------
lg |    1000   -.0038691   1.805678  -7.249973   6.240144

. di sqrt(_pi^2/3)
1.8137994

I hope that this helps.

--David
ddrukker@stata.com

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