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Topic: Inverse CDFS, Random Numbers
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Barry W. Brown

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Inverse CDFS, Random Numbers
Posted: Jul 17, 1996 12:15 PM
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There has been several threads on this group for (1) finding the
inverse of the cdf of common statistical distributions and (2)
generating random numbers according to specified distributions.

We have freely available code in both Fortran 77 and C for these
purposes: dcdflib performs function (1) and ranlib performs function
(2). Some kind soul posted a pointer to the latter package.
Unfortunately, our address changed from that posted. Below is the
boilerplate from our announcements detailing where to get the code.

Barry W. Brown
Department of Biomathematics,
Box 237
University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Hospital
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030

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