# Re: st: random draw of single variable, not whole data

 From Austin Nichols To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: random draw of single variable, not whole data Date Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:59:22 -0500

```Jeph suggests the ceil() solution in a follow-up with the caveat "as
long as uniform() never returns precisely 0, which I've
never seen" --uniform() is 0 with probability about 1 in 4 billion, so
to be safe you could

gen y = x[ceil(_N*(1-uniform()))]

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com> wrote:
> With replacement:
>  gen y = x[round(_N*uniform(),1)+1]
>
> should be
>  gen y = x[round(_N*uniform()+.5)]
> or
>  gen y = x[ceil(_N*uniform())]
>
> I think.... (otherwise you can get _N+1 in the square brackets, for a
> missing y, and the prob of getting y[1] is too low)
>
> On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Jeph Herrin <junk@spandrel.net> wrote:
>>
>> It's not clear if you want sampling with or without replacement.
>>
>> With replacement:
>>
>>  gen y = x[round(_N*uniform(),1)+1]
>>
>> without replacement:
>>
>>  egen index=rank(uniform())
>>  gen y = x[index]
>>
>> hth,
>> Jeph
>

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