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Chapter 9

Random Number Functions

Introduction

Functions That Generate Uniform Random Numbers

RANUNI

CALL RANUNI

Functions That Generate Normally Distributed Numbers

RANNOR

CALL RANNOR

A Function That Generates Random Numbers from a Wide Variety of Probability Distributions

RAND

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the random number functions—functions that produce pseudo-random values according to a particular distribution. (Since computers can't create truly random numbers, the term pseudo-random numbers is the technically correct description of any computer-generated series of numbers. However, in this chapter, we will go ahead and call these random numbers.)

Only two of the numerous older random number functions are described here ...

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