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# Re: st: Putting a multivariate normal draw into a matrix?

 From Maarten Buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Putting a multivariate normal draw into a matrix? Date Tue, 7 May 2013 09:29:01 +0200

```On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM, Nick Chandler-Klein wrote:
> I'm trying to make a draw from a non-orthogonal multivariate normal
> distribution and use that draw as starting values for a ml routine,
> which means I need the draw to be in matrix form. Is there a way to do
> this?

*------------------ begin example ------------------
mata:

V = 1, .2 \ .2, 1

A = cholesky(V)
draw= rnormal(10000,2,0,1)
draw = (A*draw')'

end

*------------------- end example -------------------
* (For more on examples I sent to the Statalist see:
* http://www.maartenbuis.nl/example_faq )

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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