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Homework Help: Generating Random Sample (known distribution)

  1. Apr 18, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I know that Minitab/ R/ SAS can easily generate random samples for know distributions - normal, exponential, uniform. But how can I generate a random sample from a known probability distribution (that is not listed)?



    2. Relevant equations

    The probability distribution is rather simple: f(x) = 2x^-3

    So, how can I generate a random sample of X's that come from this distribution?

    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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