# [R] Beta distribution approximate to Normal distribution

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at wlandres.net
Tue Sep 15 17:12:39 CEST 2015

```Using non-central chi-squared (especially with df=1) is unlikely
to generate random numbers anywhere near a Normal distribution
(see below).

And "rchisq(100, df=1, ncp=u/a)" won't work anyway with u<0,
since ncp must be >= 0 (if < 0 then all are NA).

Better to shoot straight for the target (truncated Normal), though
several shots are likely to be required! For example (code which
spells it out), taking u=3 and a=2:

n <- 100
u <- 3 ; a <- 2
x <- NULL
N <- length(x)
while(N < n){
x <- c(x,rnorm(n,mean=u,sd=a))
x <- x[x>0]
N <- length(x)
}
x <- x[1:n]

Comparison with non-central chi-squared:

y <- rchisq(100, df=1, ncp=u/a)
hist(x)
hist(y)

On 15-Sep-2015 13:26:44 JLucke at ria.buffalo.edu wrote:
> Your question makes no sense as stated.  However, guessing at what you
> want, you should  perhaps consider the non-central chi-square density with
> 1 df and ncp = u/a, i.e,
>
> rchisq(100, df=1, ncp=u/a)
>
> Joe
> Joseph F. Lucke, PhD
> Senior Statistician
> University at Buffalo
> State University of New York
> 1021 Main Street
> Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
>
> Chien-Pang Chin <chienpang.c at gmail.com>
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> 09/15/2015 06:58 AM
>
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> Subject
> [R] Beta distribution approximate to Normal distribution
>
> Hi,
> I need to generate 1000 numbers from N(u, a^2), however I don't
> want to include 0 and negative values. How can I use beta distribution
> approximate to N(u, a^2) in R.
>
> Thx for help

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