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Lots of algorithms available for generating random numbers from 0 to 1 with uniform probability
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General case
2.1
Assume you have a random number r from 0 to 1. To transform to x, with PDF given by P(x):
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Numerically solving for x gives random number with appropriate distribution.
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Specific case, time for random event to occur (i.e. radioactive decay)
3.1
Solving above,
Lots of algorithms available for generating random numbers from 0 to 1 with uniform probability
General case
Assume you have a random number r from 0 to 1. To transform to x, with PDF given by P(x):
Numerically solving for x gives random number with appropriate distribution.
Specific case, time for random event to occur (i.e. radioactive decay)
Solving above,
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