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st: how to simulate an arbitrary distribution


From   Jeph Herrin <junk@spandrel.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: how to simulate an arbitrary distribution
Date   Fri, 04 Apr 2008 09:19:58 -0400

This must have been addressed here before, but I can't
find it.

I have a dataset of 1500 observations, each with an
identifier and a -y- value. -y- is highly skewed, and
nothing I've tried seems to normalize it.

I'd like to simulate the distribution of -y-. Is there
a reasonable way to do this if I can't find a transform
of it that looks like a standard distribution?

thanks,
Jeph

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