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Note:  before using this routine, please read the Users' Note for your implementation to check the interpretation of bold italicised terms and other implementation-dependent details.


    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

G05TAF generates a vector of pseudorandom integers from the discrete binomial distribution with parameters m and p.

2  Specification

REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  P, R(LR)

3  Description

G05TAF generates n integers xi from a discrete binomial distribution, where the probability of xi=I is
Pxi=I= m! I!m-I! pI×1-pm-I,  I=0,1,,m,  
where m0 and 0p1. This represents the probability of achieving I successes in m trials when the probability of success at a single trial is p.
The variates can be generated with or without using a search table and index. If a search table is used then it is stored with the index in a reference vector and subsequent calls to G05TAF with the same parameter values can then use this reference vector to generate further variates.
One of the initialization routines G05KFF (for a repeatable sequence if computed sequentially) or G05KGF (for a non-repeatable sequence) must be called prior to the first call to G05TAF.

4  References

Kendall M G and Stuart A (1969) The Advanced Theory of Statistics (Volume 1) (3rd Edition) Griffin
Knuth D E (1981) The Art of Computer Programming (Volume 2) (2nd Edition) Addison–Wesley

5  Parameters

1:     MODE – INTEGERInput
On entry: a code for selecting the operation to be performed by the routine.
Set up reference vector only.
Generate variates using reference vector set up in a prior call to G05TAF.
Set up reference vector and generate variates.
Generate variates without using the reference vector.
Constraint: MODE=0, 1, 2 or 3.
2:     N – INTEGERInput
On entry: n, the number of pseudorandom numbers to be generated.
Constraint: N0.
3:     M – INTEGERInput
On entry: m, the number of trials of the distribution.
Constraint: M0.
4:     P – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input
On entry: p, the probability of success of the binomial distribution.
Constraint: 0.0P1.0.
5:     RLR – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayCommunication Array
On entry: if MODE=1, the reference vector from the previous call to G05TAF.
If MODE=3, R is not referenced.
On exit: if MODE3, the reference vector.
6:     LR – INTEGERInput
On entry: the dimension of the array R as declared in the (sub)program from which G05TAF is called.
Suggested values:
  • if MODE3, LR=22+20×M×P×1-P;
  • otherwise LR=1.
  • if MODE=0 or 2,
    LR > minM,int M×P+7.15 × M × P × 1-P +1 - max0,int M × P - 7.15 × M × P × 1-P - 7.15 +8 ;
  • if MODE=1, LR must remain unchanged from the previous call to G05TAF.
7:     STATE* – INTEGER arrayCommunication Array
Note: the actual argument supplied must be the array STATE supplied to the initialization routines G05KFF or G05KGF.
On entry: contains information on the selected base generator and its current state.
On exit: contains updated information on the state of the generator.
8:     XN – INTEGER arrayOutput
On exit: the n pseudorandom numbers from the specified binomial distribution.
9:     IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
On entry: IFAIL must be set to 0, -1​ or ​1. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to Section 3.3 in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value -1​ or ​1 is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is 0. When the value -1​ or ​1 is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit: IFAIL=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry IFAIL=0 or -1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, MODE=value.
Constraint: MODE=0, 1, 2 or 3.
On entry, N=value.
Constraint: N0.
On entry, M=value.
Constraint: M0.
On entry, P=value.
Constraint: 0.0P1.0.
On entry, some of the elements of the array R have been corrupted or have not been initialized.
P or M is not the same as when R was set up in a previous call.
Previous value of P=value and P=value.
Previous value of M=value and M=value.
On entry, LR is too small when MODE=0 or 2: LR=value, minimum length required =value.
On entry, STATE vector has been corrupted or not initialized.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please contact NAG.
See Section 3.8 in the Essential Introduction for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 3.7 in the Essential Introduction for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction for further information.

7  Accuracy

Not applicable.

8  Parallelism and Performance

G05TAF is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

9  Further Comments


10  Example

This example prints 20 pseudorandom integers from a binomial distribution with parameters m=6000 and p=0.8, generated by a single call to G05TAF, after initialization by G05KFF.

10.1  Program Text

Program Text (g05tafe.f90)

10.2  Program Data

Program Data (g05tafe.d)

10.3  Program Results

Program Results (g05tafe.r)

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