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Topic: normal distribution generator in C
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Michael Whitbeck

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normal distribution generator in C
Posted: Jul 11, 1996 7:24 PM
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I use the following routine to make a pseudo-random number with a
normal distribution:

double nrml()
/* a normal random number in range -1 to 1 i.e. N(0,1) */
double r,u,v;
do {
do {u = rnmu();} while (u == 0);
v = rnmu();
v = 1.7156*(v-.5);
r = v/u;
}while (r*r > -4.00*log(u));
return r;

where rnmu() delivers a pseudo-random number with a uniform

At the moment it is adequate however if someone could point me to a
better one (preferably in C) I'd appreciate it. I also welcome comments
on how to improve this one; rather inefficient.


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