# Re: st: RE: normal distributions

 From "Martin Weiss" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: normal distributions Date Thu, 19 Mar 2009 18:55:05 +0100

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If your version is something other than 10.1, use -invnormal(uniform())- to generate standard normal random numbers. Add the mean and multiply by the sd if desired...

HTH
Martin
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> Datum: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:43:34 -0600
> Von: "Rodrigo Briceño" <rjbriceno@gmail.com>
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: Re: st: RE: normal distributions

> Thanks Nick. I forgot to mention that I tried with and without spaces,
> because the error appears in any case.
> . gen rn = rnormal(0,9)
> Unknown function rnormal()
> r(133);
>
>
> 2009/3/19 Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>:
> > This is not a matter covered by an FAQ because it's just a matter of
> standard syntax as explained in the help and the manuals.
> >
> > Think about it from Stata's point of view. Only if you write -rnormal()-
> with no space -- and arguments supplied within () -- does it know that you
> want a function with that name. There is no rule against a variable called
> -rnormal-, so your reference to -rnormal- followed by a space indicates to
> Stata that you mean to refer to a variable with that name. You don't have
> one, so it throws you out in a state of puzzlement with a message that is
> perfectly reasonable.
> >
> > set obs 100
> > gen rn = rnormal(0,9)
> >
> > Nick
> > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
> >
> > Rodrigo Briceño
> >
> > I would like to know if there is a function similar to this that I
> > found in R: norm <- rnorm(100, 2, 5)
> > The trick is to generate a variable that contains 100 values with are
> > normal distributed with mean 2 and stdev 5.
> >
> > I found that rnormal is a function in Stata, but I am not sure about
> > the way to write the sintax to produce that outcome. I tried with:
> > generate rn=rnormal (0,9) but a message telling me rnormal is not
> > found appeared.
> >
> > I looked into FAQ but there are no related issues...
> >
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> >
>
>
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