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Random numbers (or deviates) can be generated for many distributions, including the Normal distribution. Programs like Excel include a function which will generate normal random variables. In Excel, you enter +norminv(+rand(),mean,stand dev). The formula can be copied down to generate many deviates. Hitting F9 will produce a new series. Be sure to enter a positive number for the standard deviation. Theory: Let X be a uniformly distributed random variable from 0 to 1. We want to generate deviates of distribution with a pdf of f(x) and a cumulative distribution of F(x) with F-1(x), the inverse CDF known. Generate a uniform deviate, a, and then calculate b = F-1(a) which will be distributed according to f(x). The related links are unfortunately quite mathematical. The problem with the normal distibution is that the inverse cumulative is not a simple equation, so table lookup is usually the fastest solution.

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Which distribution do not have mean?

The Cauchy or Cauchy-Lorentz distribution. The ratio of two Normal random variables has a C-L distribution.


How did the normal distribution get its name?

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When does normal distribution occur?

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Can one treat sample means as a normal distribution?

Not necessarily. It needs to be a random sample from independent identically distributed variables. Although that requirement can be relaxed, the result will be that the sample means will diverge from the Normal distribution.


What is the importance of distribution functions to stochastic processes?

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What is the distribution of the sum of squared Poisson random variables?

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What is the z value for a normal distribution?

If a random variable X has a Normal distribution with mean m and standard deviation s, then z = (X - m)/s has a Standard Normal distribution. That is, Z has a Normal distribution with mean 0 and standard deviation 1. Probabilities for a general Normal distribution are extremely difficult to obtain but values for the Standard Normal have been calculated numerically and are widely tabulated. The z-transformation is, therefore, used to evaluate probabilities for Normally distributed random variables.


How many random variables are needed to plot a probability distribution?

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What is importance of central limit theorem?

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Define a normal random variable?

I have included two links. A normal random variable is a random variable whose associated probability distribution is the normal probability distribution. By definition, a random variable has to have an associated distribution. The normal distribution (probability density function) is defined by a mathematical formula with a mean and standard deviation as parameters. The normal distribution is ofter called a bell-shaped curve, because of its symmetrical shape. It is not the only symmetrical distribution. The two links should provide more information beyond this simple definition.


How do you compute the probability distribution of a function of two Poisson random variables?

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Is the normal probability distribution applied to a continuous random variable?

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Why you prefer normal distribution as compare to others in statistics?

Perhaps a mistaken impression, after completing an initial course in statistics, is that one distribution is better than another. Many other distributions exists. Usually, introductory statistics classes concern confidence limits, hypothesis testing and sample size determination which all involve a sampling distribution of a particular statistic such as the mean. The normal distribution is often the appropriate distribution in these areas. The normal distribution is appropriate when the random variable in question is the result of many small independent random variables that have been are summed . The attached link shows this very well. Theoretically, a random variable approaches the normal distribution as the sample size tends towards infinity. (Central limit theory) As a practical matter, it is very important that the contributing variables be small and independent.


The usual sampling distributionof the difference between means is a what?

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Is normal distribution symmetric with a single peak?

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What is the difference between the normal distribution and Poisson distribution?

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Why normal distribution is called normal distribution?

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What does the mean have to do with a normal distribution?

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What is the principle behind the Z score table?

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How chi square distribution is extension of normal distribution?

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