NORMAL
Normal Random Number Generators


NORMAL is a Python library which computes normally distributed pseudorandom numbers.

NORMAL is based on two simple ideas:

Using these ideas, it is not too hard to generate normal sequences of real or complex values, of single or double precision. These values can be generated as single quantities, vectors or matrices. An associated seed actually determines the sequence. Varying the seed will result in producing a different sequence.

The fundamental underlying random number generator used here is based on a simple, old, and limited linear congruential random number generator originally used in the IBM System 360.

This library makes it possible to compare certain computations that use normal random numbers, written in C, C++, FORTRAN77, FORTRAN90, MATLAB or Python.

Licensing:

The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

Languages:

NORMAL is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

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Reference:

  1. Paul Bratley, Bennett Fox, Linus Schrage,
    A Guide to Simulation,
    Second Edition,
    Springer, 1987,
    ISBN: 0387964673.
  2. Bennett Fox,
    Algorithm 647: Implementation and Relative Efficiency of Quasirandom Sequence Generators,
    ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software,
    Volume 12, Number 4, December 1986, pages 362-376.
  3. Donald Knuth,
    The Art of Computer Programming,
    Volume 2, Seminumerical Algorithms,
    Third Edition,
    Addison Wesley, 1997,
    ISBN: 0201896842.
  4. Pierre LEcuyer,
    Random Number Generation,
    in Handbook of Simulation,
    edited by Jerry Banks,
    Wiley, 1998,
    ISBN: 0471134031,
    LC: T57.62.H37.
  5. Peter Lewis, Allen Goodman, James Miller,
    A Pseudo-Random Number Generator for the System/360,
    IBM Systems Journal,
    Volume 8, 1969, pages 136-143.

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Last revised on 04 March 2015.