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Re: st: Generating random variable with predefined characteristics

 From "Konrad Zdeb" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Generating random variable with predefined characteristics Date Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:45:20 +0200

```Dear Colleagues,

I find the rnbinomial function extremely useful and I'm trying to educate myself on generating pseudorandom variates. Out of curiosity, how easily I could manipulate the skew? Let's say that I would like to obtain distribution that would be negatively skewed or platykurtic?

Kind regards,

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Sent: 06/02/13 11:50 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Generating random variable with predefined characteristics
Maarten,

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On 31 May 2013, at 16:19, Maarten Buis wrote:

> On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM, Konrad Zdeb wrote:
>> I would like to generate a random variable that would have the following characteristics:
>> - would take values from 1 to 34
>> - would display a strong correlation with another variable that is currently present in the data set
>> - ideally, I would like to obtain distribution that would be positively skewed, but correlation with another variable is a priority
>
> I interpret your question such that you want your values to be
> integers. In that case you can look at the binomial distribution:
>
> *------------------ begin example ------------------
> sysuse nlsw88, clear
> gen p = invlogit(-3+ .1*grade)
> gen var = rbinomial(33,p) + 1
> spikeplot var
> *------------------- 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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