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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [math] Generate random data using the Inverse CDF Method?
Date Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:24:29 GMT
That was Phil. (not that it matters)

+1 for the idea of a default generator for all distributions that define a
cumulative density.

+1 as well for specialized implementations where possible that over-ride the
default generator even if it exists.

I can't imagine much dispute on either of these points because they satisfy
the general principle of doing the best we can for all cases as well as for
special cases.

I also completely agree with Mikkel with not understanding why the
generation of deviates is separated from the distribution.

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:11 PM, Mikkel Meyer Andersen <> wrote:

> Ted, sorry hadn't seen your e-mail before sending mine.
> Yes, I agree in you point of having specialised good algorithms. But
> in lack of such methods, I'd prefer being able to have a general
> method, although it might be bad compared to a specialised one.
> 2009/10/27 Phil Steitz <>:
> > Thanks.  That's what I was missing. I would still rather see the
> > implementations in the random package and for common distributions,
> > e.g. Poisson, pick a method that is well-suited for the distribution.

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