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GSL-RANDIST(1) General Commands Manual GSL-RANDIST(1)

gsl-randist - generate random samples from various distributions

gsl-randist seed n DIST param1 param2 [..]

gsl-randist is a demonstration program for the GNU Scientific Library. It generates n random samples from the distribution DIST using the distribution parameters param1, param2, ...

Here is an example. We generate 10000 random samples from a Cauchy distribution with a width of 30 and histogram them over the range -100 to 100, using 200 bins.

gsl-randist 0 10000 cauchy 30 | gsl-histogram -- -100 100 200 > histogram.dat

A plot of the resulting histogram will show the familiar shape of the Cauchy distribution with fluctuations caused by the finite sample size.

awk '{print $1, $3 ; print $2, $3}' histogram.dat | graph -T X

gsl(3), gsl-histogram(1).

gsl-randist was written by James Theiler and Brian Gough. Copyright 1996-2000; for copying conditions see the GNU General Public Licence.

This manual page was added by the Dirk Eddelbuettel <>, the Debian GNU/Linux maintainer for GSL.