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Re: st: random numbers generator


From   "Cassio M. Turra" <cmturra@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: random numbers generator
Date   Sun, 6 May 2007 18:48:51 -0300

Dear Brendan and Maarten
thanks for your help and sorry for not being very specific.

I will give you and example of what I'm trying to do.
I need to input age of death for individuals between single years of age.
Let's suppose that for the ages 20 to 25, I have the following
distribution of ages of death among those who die (these are not real
data).

20 0.40
21 0.20
22 0.15
23 0.20
24 0.05

I need to draw random numbers based on this distribution.

any more specific help?

Thanks a lot. Cassio


On 5/6/07, Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
--- "Cassio M. Turra" <cmturra@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, I need to generate random numbers from a discrete probability
> distribution (drawn from a life table). Does anyone know how I can do
> it in Stata?

You are not very specific, so it is hard to give a specific answer.
This post http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-04/msg00906.html
gives a general description on how to draw from a dichotomous
distribution and is easily generalized to other discrete distributions.

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/
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