random: Draw a random sample from a probability distribution

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randomR Documentation

Draw a random sample from a probability distribution


Generic function for drawing random samples from distribution objects.


random(x, n = 1L, drop = TRUE, ...)

## S3 method for class 'distribution'
simulate(object, nsim = 1L, seed = NULL, ...)


x, object

An object. The package provides methods for distribution objects such as those from Normal() or Binomial() etc.

n, nsim

The number of samples to draw. Should be a positive integer. Defaults to 1L.


logical. Should the result be simplified to a vector if possible?


Arguments passed to methods. Unevaluated arguments will generate a warning to catch mispellings or other possible errors.


An optional random seed that is to be set using set.seed prior to drawing the random sample. The previous random seed from the global environment (if any) is restored afterwards.


random is a new generic for drawing random samples from the S3 distribution objects provided in this package, such as Normal or Binomial etc. The respective methods typically call the "r" function for the corresponding distribution functions provided in base R such as rnorm, rbinom etc.

In addition to the new random generic there is also a simulate method for distribution objects which simply calls the random method internally.


Random samples drawn from the distriubtion x.


## distribution object
X <- Normal()
## 10 random samples
random(X, 10)

distributions3 documentation built on Sept. 7, 2022, 5:07 p.m.