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st: random number generator for gamma

From   "Tomas Lind" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: random number generator for gamma
Date   Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:48:54 +0200

Dear Statalist

I´ve been using the -rnd- ado-package from Hilbe/Linde-Zwirble (update from
STB-28: sg44).

The following syntax produces sensible results (mean and sd) when I generate
20000 Gamma distributed random numbers with shape=11.11 and scale=0.18

clear *   	
rndgam 20000 11.11  0.18		
summarize xg	// mean=2.0 sd=0.60	

However, with -rndgamx- I don´t get the same values. I have probably missed
something fundamental. Someone know what goes on?

clear *
set obs 20000
gen m=2		// mean=2			
rndgamx  m , s(11.11)		
summarize xg	// mean=247 sd=74


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