[R] generating random numbers from the logit-normal distribution ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 27 08:45:05 CET 2006

On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, Taka Matzmoto wrote:

> Hi R users
> I like to generate random numbers from the logit-normal distribution.

which is not a standard distribution.  I guess you mean a random variable 
whose logit is normal (but that is not the only meaning in use).

> Are there available simple commands  I can use?
> I used to generate using
> exp(rnorm(1000,0,1))/(1+exp(rnorm(1000,0,1)))

That would be incorrect.  I think you mean

> xx <- rnorm(1000, 0, 1)
> exp(xx)/(1+exp(xx))

> I am looking for a simple command such as rnorm().

> plogis(rnorm(1000))

And if that is not simple enough for you, you can write a function 
wrapper like

> rlgnorm <- function(...) plogis(rnorm(...))

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