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Re: Normal distribtion

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  • Subject: [mg49281] Re: Normal distribtion
  • From: "Roger L. Bagula" <rlbtftn at>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 02:16:15 -0400 (EDT)
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I'll restate it again:
I was trying to get a random over the whole number line
by taking a projective line.
(Using up for "^" as it still isn't coming through as Ascii)
y has domain [0,1]
x has domain [-Infinity, Infinity]
I, then, use that solved result for x from the for
a value to get an amplitude from a Gaussian distribution.
I only added the Sign[2*Random-1] so it would give equal
on both sides of zero.
In most cases a Gaussian is used as symmetrical about a mean/ median or 
That my result behaves in a more Lorentzian fashion as Drbob and Ray 
Kooperman  continue to point out is something I'm investigating.
I appreciate the time they have both spent on this.
It is my hope they don't turn around and publish about it.
I have a lot of detractors, but in most cases they tend to admit 
,grudgingly, that my result is new and worth while.

I've become very stoic about this over the years
and many results.

Roger L. Bagula wrote:
> I found a better faster way to get a Gaussian/ white noise:
> In Mathematica notebook style:
> x[a_]=(1+Sqrt[1-a^2))/a
> Noise=Table[Exp[-x[Sin[2*Pi*Random[]]]^2/2/Sqrt[2*Pi],{n,1,500}]
> ListPlot[noise,PlotRange--> All,PlotJoined->True]
> It is a projective line ( circle to line random taken as the basic for a 
> normal distribution's amplitude.) based algorithm.
> Since it doesn't use either the polar method with has a choice loop or 
> the older 12 random method, the random operation has only to be used 
> once for each noise value.
> It is faster by several factors and can be translated to almost any 
> language.
> George Marsaglia wrote:
>>"philou" <philou2000 at> wrote in message
>>news:7228735a.0407050100.4695fc68 at
>>>I heard that it was possible to get a realisation of a normal
>>>distribution from two realisations of an uniform distribution. Can
>>>someone explain me how to do that ? What transformations should I do ?
>>Your hazy reference may have been based on my polar method for
>>generating a pair of independent standard normal variates X and Y:
>>If U and V are independent uniform in (-1,1), conditioned by
>>               S = U^2+V^2 < 1
>>then S is uniform in (0,1) and independent of the point
>>(U/sqrt(S),V/sqrt(S)), which is uniform on the unit circumference.
>>Thus if R=sqrt(-2*ln(S)/S) then
>>      X=R*U
>>      Y=R*V
>>are a pair independent standard normal variates, obtained by
>>projecting that uniform point on the unit circumference
>>a random distance with a root-chi-square-2 distribution,
>>exploiting the uniformity of S and its independence of
>>the random point on the circumference.
>>Of course one has to discard uniform (-1,1) pairs U,V
>>for which S=U^2+V^2>1, so each normal variate is produced
>>at an average cost of 4/pi=1.27 uniform variates.
>>This method is sometimes improperly attributed to Box and Muller,
>>who pointed out that pairs of normal variates could be generated as
>>rho*cos(theta), rho*sin(theta) with rho root-chisquare-2 , sqrt(-2*ln(U)),
>> and theta uniform in (0,2pi), a result we owe to Laplace, who showed us
>>how to find  the infinite integral of exp(-x^2) by getting its square
>>as the integral of exp(-x^2-y^2), then transforming to polar coordinates.
>>For a method faster than my polar method, requiring about 1.01 uniform
>>variates per normal variate, try the ziggurat method of
>>Marsaglia and Tsang, in volume 5, Journal of Statistical Software:
>>George Marsaglia

Respectfully, Roger L. Bagula
tftn at, 11759Waterhill Road, Lakeside,Ca 92040-2905,tel: 
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