NAG Library Routine Document

g05tjf  (int_poisson)


    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy


g05tjf generates a vector of pseudorandom integers from the discrete Poisson distribution with mean λ.


Fortran Interface
Subroutine g05tjf ( mode, n, lambda, r, lr, state, x, ifail)
Integer, Intent (In):: mode, n, lr
Integer, Intent (Inout):: state(*), ifail
Integer, Intent (Out):: x(n)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In):: lambda
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Inout):: r(lr)
C Header Interface
#include nagmk26.h
void  g05tjf_ ( const Integer *mode, const Integer *n, const double *lambda, double r[], const Integer *lr, Integer state[], Integer x[], Integer *ifail)


g05tjf generates n integers xi from a discrete Poisson distribution with mean λ, where the probability of xi=I is
Pxi=I= λI×e-λ I! ,  I=0,1,,  
where λ0.
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 g05tjf with the same parameter values can then use this reference vector to generate further variates. The reference array is found using a recurrence relation if λ is less than 50 and by Stirling's formula otherwise.
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 g05tjf.


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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 g05tjf.
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:     lambda – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: λ, the mean of the Poisson distribution.
Constraint: lambda0.0.
4:     rlr – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayCommunication Array
On entry: if mode=1, the reference vector from the previous call to g05tjf.
If mode=3, r is not referenced.
On exit: if mode3, the reference vector.
5:     lr – IntegerInput
On entry: the dimension of the array r as declared in the (sub)program from which g05tjf is called.
Suggested values:
  • if mode3, lr=30+20×lambda+lambda;
  • otherwise lr=1.
  • if mode=0 or 2,
    • if lambda>7.15, lr>9+int8.5+14.3×lambda;
    • otherwise lr>9+intlambda+7.15×lambda+8.5;
  • if mode=1, lr must remain unchanged from the previous call to g05tjf.
6:     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.
7:     xn – Integer arrayOutput
On exit: the n pseudorandom numbers from the specified Poisson distribution.
8:     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, mode=value.
Constraint: mode=0, 1, 2 or 3.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n0.
lambda is such that lr would have to be larger than the largest representable integer. Use mode=3 instead. lambda=value.
On entry, lambda=value.
Constraint: lambda0.0.
lambda is not the same as when r was set up in a previous call.
Previous value of lambda=value and lambda=value.
On entry, some of the elements of the array r have been corrupted or have not been initialized.
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 3.9 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

g05tjf 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 10 pseudorandom integers from a Poisson distribution with mean λ=20, generated by a single call to g05tjf, after initialization by g05kff.

Program Text

Program Text (g05tjfe.f90)

Program Data

Program Data (g05tjfe.d)

Program Results

Program Results (g05tjfe.r)

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