Generating normally distributed random numbers.

Rolf Nielsen listreader at
Sun Jan 31 15:24:21 UTC 2010

On 2010-01-31 15:53, Jason Lenthe wrote:
>> I am working on a project where I have the need to generate normally
>> distributed random positive integers, preferably unsigned 64 bit (or
>> even longer if possible) integers. More specifically, I will need the
>> ability to supply the expected value and the standard deviation for the
>> desired distribution, so a standard normal distribution will not do.
>> Is there anyone out there who knows how to accomplish this? I have no
>> idea whatsoever, and for all I know there may already be a function that
>> does this in the math library. I'm quite accomplished when it comes to
>> math, but strangely I've never programmed computers for it.

Thank you for your suggestions. I haven't yet looked too carefully into 
them, so I haven't decided which approach to use. But your suggestions 
have given me ideas to work on.


Rolf Nielsen

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