how to get random numbers from a distribution

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg81465] how to get random numbers from a distribution*From*: tdoxmail at gmail.com*Date*: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 04:19:42 -0400 (EDT)

Hi ya alll I am a new Mathematica user. I have a function that i use to generate a probability distribution (eg x^2). I want a random number generator, that should generate values from this probability distribution only, I know this Random function in mathematica, that can generate in particular range, but how do i tell to generate from a particular distribution. I created a list of values using my probability function but not able to integrate it with Random function so that random numnber takes value from that list. Also I googled and saw some function like RandomChoice and some other but they are available in Mathematica6 and i use 5.2. Can u help with this. Thanks in advace