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Ranuni,Rannor functions

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Ranuni,Rannor functions

Can someone explain when and why  to use these functions in realtime.What these functions do in brief

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Re: Ranuni,Rannor functions

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These and several other random number functions return a random value from a distribution. Ranuni from a uniform distribution on the interval from 0 to 1 and rannor from a normal distribution with a mean of 0 and standard deviation of 1.

Uses are many depending on your needs but basically revolve around a need for a random number. One example would be to add a value to set of data and use a specified subset of the data to select a random sample. For instance add a value x=ranuni (12345); to each record of a data set and then select x < .20 to get roughly a 20 percent random sample of the data.

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