[Rd] Kinderman-Ramage (PR#2846)

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Fri Apr 25 15:06:23 MEST 2003

leydold at statistik.wu-wien.ac.at writes:

> Hi,
> Our department has detected a bug in the implementation of the
> Kinderman-Ramage generator for normal random variates in version
> 1.7.0, which can be seen from the below R session.
> (Consecutive calls for chisq.test(...) always gives p-values very
> close to 0.)
> We have already encountered this bug in version 1.6.2
> The error is in file 
> R-1.7.0/src/nmath/snorm.c
> Here is a patch for this file to correct the error
> (the added two lines are crucial):

Thanks. Both look like transcription errors. What was the source of
the corrected constants? The JASA paper cited in snorm.c? 

(Another way of seeing the effect is

 m <- sapply(1:50,function(i)table(trunc(100*pnorm(rnorm(1e6)))))

Two small, but clear, spikes at around 30 and 70 can be seen. The
effect is not seen with the Inversion method, which is the default in

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