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# Re: st: How to generate conditional random numbers?

 From Maarten buis <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: How to generate conditional random numbers? Date Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:07:23 +0000 (GMT)

```--- On Sun, 16/1/11, Grace Jessie <[email protected]> wrote:
> I have a variable x generated randomly ranging from 85 to
> 95. Now I want to generate three variables whose mean equals x
> and they are all on the interval [80,95).
> How to generate these conditional variables randomly?

This all depends on the distribution you want to assume for your
variables. Since you want a bounded variable, one possibility is
the beta distribution. The -rbeta()- function uses the standard
parameterization for this distribution, so it takes arguments
a and b, neither of which is the mean. So you first need to
translate the parameters from a parameterization that includes
the mean to the standard parameterization. These 2
parameterizations are discussed here:
<http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/bocusug06/15.htm>
and:
<http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/bocdsug10/04.htm>

These two presentations give you all the elements you need to
derive the required translation, which I leave as an excercise.

Below is an example of how to draw such samples in Stata:

*---------- begin example -----------
drop _all
set obs 100

gen mu = runiform()
gen x = 11*mu+ 84

scalar phi = 10
gen a = mu*phi
gen b = (1-mu)*phi

forvalues i = 1/3 {
gen r`i' = 20*rbeta(a, b)+80
}
drop a b
sum
*---------- 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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Universitaet Tuebingen
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