# [R] Loop avoidance in simulating a vector

Christos Hatzis christos.hatzis at nuverabio.com
Thu Oct 16 22:05:31 CEST 2008

```Have a look at mapply.

-Christos

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of David Afshartous
> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:47 PM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] Loop avoidance in simulating a vector
>
>
>
> All,
>
> I'd like to simulate a vector that is formed from many
> distinct distributions and avoid a loop if possible.  E.g, consider:
>
> mu = c(1, 2, 3)
> sigma = c(1, 2, 3)
> n = c(10, 10, 10)
>
> And we simulate a vector of length 30 that consists of
> N(mu[i], sigma[i])
> distributed data, each of length n[i].   Of course for just
> three groups we
> can simply write it out as:
>
> DV = c(rnorm(n, mu, sigma), rnorm(n, mu,
> sigma), rnorm(n, mu, sigma) )
>
> For many groups we can use a loop (assuming equal numbers per group):
>
> n = n
> DV = numeric(N*n)
> for (i in 1:N) {
>     DV[(n*i - (n-1)): (n*i)] = rnorm(n, mu[i], sigma[i])
>     }
>
> Is there any way to do the general cas without using a loop?
>
> Cheers,
> David
>
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