NAG Library Routine Document

g05sgf (dist_expmix)


g05sgf generates a vector of pseudorandom numbers from an exponential mix distribution composed of m exponential distributions each having a mean ai and weight wi.


Fortran Interface
Subroutine g05sgf ( n, nmix, a, wgt, state, x, ifail)
Integer, Intent (In):: n, nmix
Integer, Intent (Inout):: state(*), ifail
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In):: a(nmix), wgt(nmix)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Out):: x(n)
C Header Interface
#include <nagmk26.h>
void  g05sgf_ (const Integer *n, const Integer *nmix, const double a[], const double wgt[], Integer state[], double x[], Integer *ifail)


The distribution has PDF (probability density function)
fx = i=1m 1ai wi e-x/ai if ​x0, fx = 0 otherwise,  
where i=1mwi=1 and ai>0, wi0.
g05sgf returns the values xi by selecting, with probability wj, random variates from an exponential distribution with parameter aj.
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 g05sgf.


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


1:     n – IntegerInput
On entry: n, the number of pseudorandom numbers to be generated.
Constraint: n0.
2:     nmix – IntegerInput
On entry: m, the number of exponential distributions in the mix.
Constraint: nmix1.
3:     anmix – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the m parameters ai for the m exponential distributions in the mix.
Constraint: ai>0.0, for i=1,2,,nmix.
4:     wgtnmix – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the m weights wi for the m exponential distributions in the mix.
  • i=1mwgti=1.0;
  • wgti0.0, for i=1,2,,m.
5:     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.
6:     xn – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
On exit: the n pseudorandom numbers from the specified exponential mix distribution.
7:     ifail – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to 0, -1 or 1. If you are unfamiliar with this argument you should refer to Section 3.4 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation 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 argument, 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).

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, n=value.
Constraint: n0.
On entry, nmix=value.
Constraint: nmix1.
On entry, avalue=value.
Constraint: ai>0.0.
On entry, sum of wgt=value.
Constraint: sum of wgt=1.0.
On entry, wgtvalue=value.
Constraint: wgti0.0.
On entry, state vector has been corrupted or not initialized.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please contact NAG.
See Section 3.9 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 3.8 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.


Not applicable.

Parallelism and Performance

g05sgf 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.

Further Comments



This example prints the first five pseudorandom numbers from an exponential mix distribution comprising three exponential distributions with parameters a1=1.0, a2=5.0 and a3=2.0, and with respective weights 0.5, 0.3 and 0.2. The numbers are generated by a single call to g05sgf, after initialization by g05kff.

Program Text

Program Text (g05sgfe.f90)

Program Data

Program Data (g05sgfe.d)

Program Results

Program Results (g05sgfe.r)