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# Re: st: Beta distribution

 From Robert A Yaffee <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: Beta distribution Date Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:27:20 -0500

```Rob,
If you call the a and b parameter both shape parameters,  you may fix the mean of the beta distribution with E(x) = a/(a + b) .  If you refer to both the a and b as shape parameters,  you can also compute the variance = (a*b)/(a + b)^2(a + b  + 1).   You can set the mean and variance to whatever you need them to be and then insert those parameters into the rbeta(a,b) function.
-  Bob

Robert A. Yaffee, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Silver School of Social Work
New York University

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Hartman, Rob" <[email protected]>
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:35 pm
Subject: st: Beta distribution
To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>

> Hi Listers,
> Is it possible to generate a random beta variable with
> -a fixed/predetermined range of possible values, as well as
> -a fixed mean, but still have
> -the ability to vary the shape parameters meaningfully?
>
> This is more a distributions question in general than a stata question
> in particular, but I would want to implement using stata.
>
> I want to test the power of a mean comparison test (with means/mean
> difference specified a priori) for variables with fixed range of
> values (0 to 2 in this case) but where the underlying distributions
> are anyone's guess. That is, I want to be able to experiment w/
> different distributional properties while maintaining the mean and range.
>
> Would appreciate any guidance, including alternative approaches.
>
> Thanks,
> Rob
>
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