# gsl-randist (1)

### NAME

gsl-randist - generate random samples from various distributions

### SYNOPSYS

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

### DESCRIPTION

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

### EXAMPLE

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 > his-
togram.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

### SEE ALSO

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

### AUTHOR

**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**.
GNU **gsl-randist(1)**