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GT science forum beginner
Joined: 06 Oct 2005
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Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:57 pm Post subject:
Random sampling



Dear colleagues,
I'm trying to select samples from a normal distribution (with
parameters mu, sigma), belonging to a certain "alphabet". For
instance, we have the normal N(0,1), but we want the outcome to
belong in the set [0,1,...,N].
Do you know how to do this? (I think that the functions randn,
normrnd are not appopriate by themselves)
Thank you very much in advance 

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Robert B. Israel science forum Guru
Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 2151

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:03 pm Post subject:
Re: Random sampling



In article <1150376273.370825.74580@h76g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
GT <sciense100@hotmail.com> wrote:
Quote:  Dear colleagues,
I'm trying to select samples from a normal distribution (with
parameters mu, sigma), belonging to a certain "alphabet". For
instance, we have the normal N(0,1), but we want the outcome to
belong in the set [0,1,...,N].
Do you know how to do this? (I think that the functions randn,
normrnd are not appopriate by themselves)

What exactly do you mean? The normal distribution is a continuous
distribution on the whole real line. You want values in a finite
set. So it will be a discrete distribution, not a normal
distribution. What distribution do you really want?
Robert Israel israel@math.MyUniversity'sInitials.ca
Department of Mathematics http://www.math.ubc.ca/~israel
University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada 

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