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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-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
<edd@debian.org>, the Debian GNU/Linux maintainer for **GSL**.

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