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Re: st: how to find the integral for a portion of a normal distribution.

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: how to find the integral for a portion of a normal distribution.
Date   Tue, 04 May 2010 12:15:29 -0400

The total area under any normal curve is always 1, so you just need
to count obs:

 drawnorm x , means(2.02) sds(1.75) n(100000) clear
 gen byte lessthan1=x<=1
 sum lessthan1

The mean value of -lessthan1- is the area under the curve
to the left of 1.


Buzz Burhans wrote:
My weak math skills are showing up here -
For demonstration purposes, I have generated a set of 100,000 observations
with a normal distribution, mean 2.02, SD 1.74 and visualized this data and
the portion of observations above 1  with a histogram

drawnorm x , means(2.02) sds(1.75) n(100,000) clear
hist, xline(1)

I also computed the proportion of the observations <=1 from the Z score.

What I don't know how to do in Stata is find the integral for the
proportions of the distribution above and below 1.
How can I determine those two integrals in Stata?


Buzz Burhans, Ph.D.
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So. Albany, VT / Twin Falls ID

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