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Re: st: seed command with rndbin

From   Roger Harbord <>
Subject   Re: st: seed command with rndbin
Date   Tue, 12 Aug 2003 15:36:32 +0100

--On 12 August 2003 15:07 +0100 "Allardice, Gwen" <> wrote:

I have recently found a problem in  stata v7 . I have been using the
rndbin program extensively in some simulations I am running.

I would like to be able to replicate  my results and find that the seed
command does not seem to work; I keep getting different results.

e.g. a simple example should illustrate my problem. the following three
lines of stata will generate and show me an appropriate random number but
repeating the three commands then gives me a different number. I want it
to give me the same number.

set seed 2
rndbin 1 0.33  6
display   xb

Can someone show me how to run the rndin command more than once and get
the same result each time.

Thanks for pointing this out, I'd just assumed I was getting reproducible pseudorandom numbers when in fact I wasn't - i hadn't thought to check!

If you check the start of the code for -rndbin-, you'll find it's written in version 3.1.

If you check the help page for -version- and search for "seed" you'll find this:

If you set version to 3.1 or less, the following will be true
1. uniform() refers to the old random-number generator
2. set seed sets the old random-number seed

The solution is now simple:

version 3.1: set seed 2
rndbin 1 0.33 6
display xb

- gives the same each time. Unfortunately you can't replicate results you've already got..

Roger Harbord
Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol

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