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Introduction, Class 1 - Tuesday, May 7

Course Instructor: Ali Ghodsi

001: TTh 8:30-9:50 MC1085
002: TTh 1:00-2:20 DC1351
2:30-3:20 Mon M3 1006


Monday June 17 2013 from 2:30-3:30


TA Day Time Location
Lu Cheng Monday 3:30-5:30 pm M3 3108, space 2
Han ShengSun Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm M3 3108, space 2
Yizhou Fang Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm M3 3108, space 1
Huan Cheng Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm M3 3111, space 1
Wu Lin Friday 11:00-1:00 pm M3 3108, space 1

Four Fundamental Problems

1. Classification: Given an input object X, we have a function which will take in this input X and identify which 'class (Y)' it belongs to (Discrete Case)

  i.e taking value from x, we could predict y.

(For example, an image of a fruit can be classified, through some sort of algorithm to be a picture of either an apple or an orange.)
2. Regression: Same as classification but in the continuous case except y is discrete
3. Clustering: Use common features of objects in same class or group to form clusters.(in this case, x is given, y is unknown)
4. Dimensionality Reduction (aka Feature extraction, Manifold learning): Used when we have a variable in high dimension space and we want to reduce the dimension


Most useful when structure of the task is not well understood but can be characterized by a dataset with strong statistical regularity

  • Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Finance (fraud detection), Machine Learning
  • Search and recommendation (eg. Google, Amazon)
  • Automatic speech recognition, speaker verification
  • Text parsing
  • Face identification
  • Tracking objects in video
  • Financial prediction(e.g. credit cards)
  • Fraud detection
  • Medical diagnosis

Course Information

Prerequisite: (One of CS 116, 126/124, 134, 136, 138, 145, SYDE 221/322) and (STAT 230 with a grade of at least 60% or STAT 240) and (STAT 231 or 241)

Antirequisite: CM 361/STAT 341, CS 437, 457

General Information

  • No required textbook
  • Recommended: "Simulation" by Sheldon M. Ross
  • Computing parts of the course will be done in Matlab, but prior knowledge of Matlab is not essential (will have a tutorial on it)
  • First midterm will be held on Monday, June 17 from 2:30 to 3:30
  • Announcements and assignments will be posted on Learn.
  • Other course material on: http://wikicoursenote.com/wiki/
  • Log on to both Learn and wikicoursenote frequently.
  • Email all questions and concerns to UWStat340@gmail.com. Do not use your personal email address! Do not email instructor or TAs about the class directly to theri personal accounts!

Wikicourse note (10% of final mark): When applying an account in the wikicourse note, please use the quest account as your login name while the uwaterloo email as the registered email. This is important as the quest id will use to identify the students who make the contributions. Example:
User: questid
Email: questid@uwaterloo.ca
After the student has made the account request, do wait for several hours before students can login into the account using the passwords stated in the email. During the first login, students will be ask to create a new password for their account.

As a technical/editorial contributor: Make contributions within 1 week and do not copy the notes on the blackboard.

Must do both All contributions are now considered general contributions you must contribute to 50% of lectures for full marks

  • A general contribution can be correctional (fixing mistakes) or technical (expanding content, adding examples, etc) but at least half of your contributions should be technical for full marks

Do not submit copyrighted work without permission, cite original sources. Each time you make a contribution, check mark the table. Marks are calculated on honour system, although there will be random verifications. If you are caught claiming to contribute but didn't, you will lose marks.

Wikicoursenote contribution form : [1]

- you can submit your contributions in multiple times.
- you will be able to edit the response right after submitting
- send email to make changes to an old response : uwstat340@gmail.com

Tentative Topics

- Random variable and stochastic process generation
- Discrete-Event Systems
- Variance reduction
- Markov Chain Monte Carlo

Tentative Marking Scheme

Item Value
Assignments (~6) 30%
WikiCourseNote 10%
Midterm 20%
Final 40%

The final exam is going to be closed book and only non-programmable calculators are allowed A passing mark must be achieved in the final to pass the course

Sampling (Generating random numbers), Class 2 - Thursday, May 9


Some people believe that sampling activities such as rolling a dice and flipping a coin are not truly random but are deterministic, since the result can be reliably calculated using things such as physics and math. In general, a deterministic model produces specific results given certain inputs by the model user, contrasting with a stochastic model which encapsulates randomness and probabilistic events.

A computer cannot generate truly random numbers because computers can only run algorithms, which are deterministic in nature. They can, however, generate Pseudo Random Numbers; numbers that seem random but are actually deterministic. Although the pseudo random numbers are deterministic, these numbers have a sequence of value and all of them have the appearances of being independent uniform random variables. Being deterministic, pseudo random numbers are valuable and beneficial due to the ease to generate and manipulate.

When people do the test for many times, the results will be closed the express values,that makes the trial looks like deterministic, however for each trial, the result is random. So, it looks like pseudo random numbers.


Let [math]n \in \N[/math] and [math]m \in \N^+[/math], then by Division Algorithm, [math]\exists q, \, r \in \N \;\text{with}\; 0\leq r \lt m, \; \text{s.t.}\; n = mq+r[/math], where [math]q[/math] is called the quotient and [math]r[/math] the remainder. Hence we can define a binary function [math]\mod : \N \times \N^+ \rightarrow \N [/math] given by [math]r:=n \mod m[/math] which means take the remainder after division by m.

We say that n is congruent to r mod m if n = mq + r, where m is an integer.
if y = ax + b, then [math]b:=y \mod a[/math].
4.2 = 3 * 1.1 + 0.9 mod 2
0.9 = 4.2 mod 1.1

For example:
30 = 4 * 7 + 2 mod 7
2 = 30 mod 7
25 = 8 * 3 + 1 mod 3
1 = 25 mod 3

Note: [math]\mod[/math] here is different from the modulo congruence relation in [math]\Z_m[/math], which is an equivalence relation instead of a function.

mod can figure out one integer can be divided by another integer with no remainder or not. But both two integer should follow function: n = mq + r. m, r,q n are all integer. and q smaller than q.

Multiplicative Congruential Algorithm

This is a simple algorithm used to generate uniform pseudo random numbers. It is also referred to as the Linear Congruential Method or Mixed Congruential Method. We define the Linear Congruential Method to be [math]x_{k+1}=(ax_k + b) \mod m[/math], where [math]x_k, a, b, m \in \N, \;\text{with}\; a, m \gt 0[/math]. ( [math]\mod m[/math] means taking the remainder after division by m) Given a "seed"(all integers and an initial value [math].x_0[/math] called seed) [math].(x_0 \in \N[/math], we can obtain values for [math]x_1, \, x_2, \, \cdots, x_n[/math] inductively. The Multiplicative Congruential Method may also refer to the special case where [math]b=0[/math].

An interesting fact about Linear Congruential Method is that it is one of the oldest and best-known pseudorandom number generator algorithms. It is very fast and requires minimal memory to retain state. However, this method should not be used for applications where high-quality randomness is required. They should not be used for Monte Carlo simulation and cryptographic applications. (Monte Carlo simulation will consider possibilities for every choice of consideration, and it shows the extreme possibilities. This method is not precise enough.)

First consider the following algorithm
[math]x_{k+1}=x_{k} \mod m[/math]

[math]\text{Let }x_{k}=10,\,m=3[/math]

[math]\begin{align} x_{1} &{}= 10 &{}\mod{3} = 1 \\ x_{2} &{}= 1 &{}\mod{3} = 1 \\ x_{3} &{}= 1 &{}\mod{3} =1 \\ \end{align}[/math]


Excluding x0, this example generates a series of ones. In general, excluding x0, the algorithm above will always generate a series of the same number less than m. Hence, it has a period of 1. We can modify this algorithm to form the Multiplicative Congruential Algorithm.

Multiplicative Congruential Algorithm
[math]x_{k+1}=(a \cdot x_{k} + b) \mod m [/math]

[math]\text{Let }a=2,\, b=1, \, m=3, \, x_{0} = 10[/math]
[math]\begin{align} \text{Step 1: } 0&{}=(2\cdot 10 + 1) &{}\mod 3 \\ \text{Step 2: } 1&{}=(2\cdot 0 + 1) &{}\mod 3 \\ \text{Step 3: } 0&{}=(2\cdot 1 + 1) &{}\mod 3 \\ \end{align}[/math]

This example generates a sequence with a repeating cycle of two integers.

(If we choose the numbers properly, we could get a sequence of "random" numbers. However, how do we find the value of [math]a,b,[/math] and [math]m[/math]? At the very least [math]m[/math] should be a very large, preferably prime number. The larger [math]m[/math] is, the higher possibility people get a sequence of "random" numbers. This is easier to solve in Matlab. In Matlab, the command rand() generates random numbers which are uniformly distributed in the interval (0,1)). Matlab uses [math]a=7^5, b=0, m=2^{31}-1[/math] – recommended in a 1988 paper, "Random Number Generators: Good Ones Are Hard To Find" by Stephen K. Park and Keith W. Miller (Important part is that [math]m[/math] should be large and prime)

MatLab Instruction for Multiplicative Congruential Algorithm:
Before you start, you need to clear all existing defined variables and operations:

>>clear all
>>close all

1. Keep repeating this command over and over again and you will seem to get random numbers – this is how the command rand works in a computer.
2. There is a function in MATLAB called RAND to generate a number between 0 and 1.
3. If we would like to generate 1000 and more numbers, we could use a for loop)

(Note on MATLAB commands:
1. clear all: clears all variables.
2. close all: closes all figures.
3. who: displays all defined variables.
4. clc: clears screen.)

>>for ii=2:1000
ans=1    1000

MCA Example.jpg

(Note: The semicolon after the x(ii)=mod(a*x(ii-1)+b,m) ensures that Matlab will not print the entire vector of x. It will instead calculate it internally and you will be able to work with it. Adding the semicolon to the end of this line reduces the run time significantly.)

This algorithm involves three integer parameters [math]a, b,[/math] and [math]m[/math] and an initial value, [math]x_0[/math] called the seed. A sequence of numbers is defined by [math]x_{k+1} = ax_k+ b \mod m[/math]. [math]\mod m[/math] means taking the remainder after division by [math]m[/math].

Note: For some bad [math]a[/math] and [math]b[/math], the histogram may not looks uniformly distributed.

Note: hist(x) will generate a graph about the distribution. Use it after run the code to check the real sample distribution.

Example: [math]a=13, b=0, m=31[/math]
The first 30 numbers in the sequence are a permutation of integers from 1 to 30, and then the sequence repeats itself so it is important to choose [math]m[/math] large to decrease the probability of each number repeating itself too early. Values are between [math]0[/math] and [math]m-1[/math]. If the values are normalized by dividing by [math]m-1[/math], then the results are approximately numbers uniformly distributed in the interval [0,1]. There is only a finite number of values (30 possible values in this case). In MATLAB, you can use function "hist(x)" to see if it looks uniformly distributed.

If [math]x_0=1[/math], then

[math]x_{k+1} = 13x_{k}\mod{31}[/math]


[math]\begin{align} x_{0} &{}= 1 \\ x_{1} &{}= 13 \times 1 + 0 &{}\mod{31} = 13 \\ x_{2} &{}= 13 \times 13 + 0 &{}\mod{31} = 14 \\ x_{3} &{}= 13 \times 14 + 0 &{}\mod{31} =27 \\ \end{align}[/math]


For example, with [math]a = 3, b = 2, m = 4, x_0 = 1[/math], we have:

[math]x_{k+1} = (3x_{k} + 2)\mod{4}[/math]


[math]\begin{align} x_{0} &{}= 1 \\ x_{1} &{}= 3 \times 1 + 2 \mod{4} = 1 \\ x_{2} &{}= 3 \times 1 + 2 \mod{4} = 1 \\ \end{align}[/math]



1.Why in the example above is 1 to 30 not 0 to 30?
[math]b = 0[/math] so in order to have [math]x_k[/math] equal to 0, [math]x_{k-1}[/math] must be 0 (since [math]a=13[/math] is relatively prime to 31). However, the seed is 1. Hence, we will never observe 0 in the sequence.
Alternatively, {0} and {1,2,...,30} are two orbits of the left multiplication by 13 in the group [math]\Z_{31}[/math].
2.Will the number 31 ever appear?Is there a probability that a number never appears?
The number 31 will never appear. When you perform the operation [math]\mod m[/math], the largest possible answer that you could receive is [math]m-1[/math]. Whether or not a particular number in the range from 0 to [math]m - 1[/math] appears in the above algorithm will be dependent on the values chosen for [math]a, b[/math] and [math]m[/math].

Examples:[From Textbook]
If [math]x_0=3[/math] and [math]x_n=(5x_{n-1}+7)\mod 200[/math], find [math]x_1,\cdots,x_{10}[/math].
[math]\begin{align} x_1 &{}= (5 \times 3+7) &{}\mod{200} &{}= 22 \\ x_2 &{}= 117 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 117 \\ x_3 &{}= 592 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 192 \\ x_4 &{}= 2967 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 167 \\ x_5 &{}= 14842 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 42 \\ x_6 &{}= 74217 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 17 \\ x_7 &{}= 371092 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 92 \\ x_8 &{}= 1855467 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 67 \\ x_9 &{}= 9277342 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 142 \\ x_{10} &{}= 46386717 &{}\mod{200} &{}= 117 \\ \end{align}[/math]

Typically, it is good to choose [math]m[/math] such that [math]m[/math] is large, and [math]m[/math] is prime. Careful selection of parameters '[math]a[/math]' and '[math]b[/math]' also helps generate relatively "random" output values, where it is harder to identify patterns. For example, when we used a composite (non prime) number such as 40 for [math]m[/math], our results were not satisfactory in producing an output resembling a uniform distribution.

The computed values are between 0 and [math]m-1[/math]. If the values are normalized by dividing by [math]m-1[/math], their result is numbers uniformly distributed on the interval [math]\left[0,1\right][/math] (similar to computing from uniform distribution).

From the example shown above, if we want to create a large group of random numbers, it is better to have large [math]m[/math] so that the random values generated will not repeat after several iterations.

There has been a research about how to choose uniform sequence. Many programs give you the options to choose the seed. Sometimes the seed is chosen by CPU.

this part i learnt how to use R code to figure out the relationship between two ingeter division, and their remainder. And when we use R to calculate R with random variables for a range such as(1:1000),the graph of distribution is like uniform distribution.

Summary of Multiplicative Congruential Algorithm

Problem: generate Pseudo Random Numbers.


  1. find integer: a b m(large prime) </i>x0</i>(the seed) .
  2. [math]x_{x+1}=(ax_{k}+b)[/math]mod m
  3. </ol> Matlab Instruction:

    >>clear all
    >>close all


    Inverse Transform Method

    This method is useful for generating types of distribution other than uniform distribution, such as exponential distribution and normal distribution. However, to easily use this method in generating pseudorandom numbers, the probability distribution consumed must have a cumulative distribution function (cdf) [math]F[/math] with a tractable inverse [math]F^{-1}[/math].

    If we want to generate the value of a discrete random variable X, we must generate a random number U, uniformly distributed over (0,1). Let [math]F:\R \rightarrow \left[0,1\right][/math] be a cdf. If [math]U \sim U\left[0,1\right][/math], then the random variable given by [math]X:=F^{-1}\left(U\right)[/math] follows the distribution function [math]F\left(\cdot\right)[/math], where [math]F^{-1}\left(u\right):=\inf F^{-1}\big(\left[u,+\infty\right)\big) = \inf\{x\in\R | F\left(x\right) \geq u\}[/math] is the generalized inverse.
    Note: [math]F[/math] need not be invertible, but if it is, then the generalized inverse is the same as the inverse in the usual case.

    Proof of the theorem:
    The generalized inverse satisfies the following:
    [math]\begin{align} \forall u \in \left[0,1\right], \, x \in \R, \\ &{} F^{-1}\left(u\right) \leq x &{} \\ \Rightarrow &{} F\Big(F^{-1}\left(u\right)\Big) \leq F\left(x\right) &&{} F \text{ is non-decreasing} \\ \Rightarrow &{} F\Big(\inf \{y \in \R | F(y)\geq u \}\Big) \leq F\left(x\right) &&{} \text{by definition of } F^{-1} \\ \Rightarrow &{} \inf \{F(y) \in [0,1] | F(y)\geq u \} \leq F\left(x\right) &&{} F \text{ is right continuous and non-decreasing} \\ \Rightarrow &{} u \leq F\left(x\right) &&{} \text{by definition of } \inf \\ \Rightarrow &{} x \in \{y \in \R | F(y) \geq u\} &&{} \\ \Rightarrow &{} x \geq \inf \{y \in \R | F(y)\geq u \}\Big) &&{} \text{by definition of } \inf \\ \Rightarrow &{} x \geq F^{-1}(u) &&{} \text{by definition of } F^{-1} \\ \end{align}[/math]

    That is [math]F^{-1}\left(u\right) \leq x \Leftrightarrow u \leq F\left(x\right)[/math]

    Finally, [math]P(X \leq x) = P(F^{-1}(U) \leq x) = P(U \leq F(x)) = F(x)[/math], since [math]U[/math] is uniform on the unit interval.

    This completes the proof.

    Therefore, in order to generate a random variable X~F, it can generate U according to U(0,1) and then make the transformation x=[math] F^{-1}(U) [/math]

    Note that we can apply the inverse on both sides in the proof of the inverse transform only if the pdf of X is monotonic. A monotonic function is one that is either increasing for all x, or decreasing for all x.

    Inverse Transform Algorithm for Generating Binomial(n,p) Random Variable
    Step 1: Generate a random number [math]U[/math].
    Step 2: [math]c = \frac {p}{(1-p)}[/math], [math]i = 0[/math], [math]pr = (1-p)^n[/math], [math]F = pr[/math]
    Step 3: If U<F, set X = i and stop,
    Step 4: [math] pr = \, {\frac {c(n-i)}{(i+1)}} {pr}, F = F +pr, i = i+1[/math]
    Step 5: Go to step 3

    • Note: These steps can be found in Simulation 5th Ed. by Sheldon Ross.

    Example: [math] f(x) = \lambda e^{-\lambda x}[/math]
    [math] F(x)= \int_0^x f(t) dt[/math]
    [math] = \int_0^x \lambda e ^{-\lambda t}\ dt[/math]
    [math] = \frac{\lambda}{-\lambda}\, e^{-\lambda t}\, | \underset{0}{x} [/math]
    [math] = -e^{-\lambda x} + e^0 [/math]
    [math] =1 - e^{- \lambda x} [/math]
    [math] y=1-e^{- \lambda x} [/math]
    [math] 1-y=e^{- \lambda x}[/math]
    [math]x=-\frac {ln(1-y)}{\lambda}[/math]
    [math]y=-\frac {ln(1-x)}{\lambda}[/math]
    [math]F^{-1}(x)=-\frac {ln(1-x)}{\lambda}[/math]

    Step 1: Draw U ~U[0,1];
    Step 2: [math] x=\frac{-ln(1-U)}{\lambda} [/math]

    Example: [math] X= a + (b-a),[/math] U is uniform on [a, b]
    [math] x=\frac{-ln(U)}{\lambda}[/math] is exponential with parameter [math] {\lambda} [/math]

    Example 2: Given a CDF of X: [math]F(x) = x^5[/math], transform U~U[0,1].
    Sol: Let [math]y=x^5[/math], solve for x: [math]x=y^\frac {1}{5}[/math]. Therefore, [math]F^{-1} (x) = x^\frac {1}{5}[/math]
    Hence, to obtain a value of x from F(x), we first set u as an uniform distribution, then obtain the inverse function of F(x), and set [math]x= u^\frac{1}{5}[/math]

    Example 3: Given u~U[0,1], generate x from BETA(1,β)
    Solution: [math]F(x)= 1-(1-x)^\beta[/math], [math]u= 1-(1-x)^\beta[/math]
    Solve for x: [math](1-x)^\beta = 1-u[/math], [math]1-x = (1-u)^\frac {1}{\beta}[/math], [math]x = 1-(1-u)^\frac {1}{\beta}[/math]

    Example 4-Estimating pi: Let's use rand() and Monte Carlo Method to estimate [math]pi[/math]
    N= total number of points
    Nc = total number of points inside the circle
    Prob[(x,y) lies in the circle]=[math]Area of circle/Area of Square[/math]
    If we take square of size 2, circle will have area pi.
    Thus pi= [math]4*(Nc/N)[/math]

    Matlab Code:

    >>for t=1:N
          if (x-1)^2+(y-1)^2<=1
      ans = 3.1380

    In Matlab, you can use functions: "who" to see what variables you have defined "clear all" to clear all variables you have defined "close all" to close all figures

    MatLab for Inverse Transform Method:

    >>hist(u)       #will generate a fairly uniform diagram

    ITM example hist(u).jpg

    #let λ=2 in this example; however, you can make another value for λ
    >>size(x)       #1000 in size 
    >>hist(x)       #exponential 

    ITM example hist(x).jpg

    1. This method is flawed since not all functions are invertible or monotonic: generalized inverse is hard to work on.
    2. It may be impractical since some CDF's and/or integrals are not easy to compute such as Gaussian distribution.

    We learned how to prove the cdf transfer to inverse cdf,and use the uniform distribution to obtain a value of x from F(x). We also can use uniform distribution in inverse mothed to determine other distribution. The probability of getting a point for a circle over the triangle is a closed uniform distribution, each point in the circle and over the triangle is almost the same. and we can look at the graph to determine what kind of distribution the graph belongs to.

    Probability Distribution Function Tool in MATLAB

    disttool         #shows different distributions

    This command allows users to explore the effect of changes of parameters on the plot of either a CDF or PDF.

    Disttool.jpg change the value of mu and sigma can change the graph skew side.

    (Generating random numbers continue) Class 3 - Tuesday, May 14

    Recall the Inverse Transform Method

    1. Draw U~U(0,1)
    2. X = F-1(U)

    First note that [math]P(U\leq a)=a, \forall a\in[0,1][/math]

    [math]P(X\leq x)[/math]

    [math]= P(F^{-1}(U)\leq x)[/math] (since [math]U[/math] has a uniform distribution)
    [math]= P((F(F^{-1}(U))\leq F(x))[/math] (since [math]F(\cdot )[/math] is monotonically increasing)
    [math]= P(U\leq F(x)) [/math]
    [math]= F(x) , \text{ where } 0 \leq F(x) \leq 1 [/math]

    This is the c.d.f. of X.

    Note: that the CDF of a U(a,b) random variable is:

    [math] F(x)= \begin{cases} 0 & \text{for }x \lt a \\[8pt] \frac{x-a}{b-a} & \text{for }a \le x \lt b \\[8pt] 1 & \text{for }x \ge b \end{cases} [/math]

    Thus, for [math] U [/math] ~ [math]U(0,1) [/math], we have [math]P(U\leq 1) = 1[/math] and [math]P(U\leq 1/2) = 1/2[/math].
    More generally, we see that [math]P(U\leq a) = a[/math].
    For this reason, we had [math]P(U\leq F(x)) = F(x)[/math].

    This is only for uniform distribution [math] U~ \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]
    [math] P (U \le 1) = 1 [/math]
    [math] P (U \le 0.5) = 0.5 [/math]

    2.jpg [math]P(U\leq a)=a[/math]


    Though this method is very easy to use and apply, it does have disadvantages/limitations:

    1. We have to find the inverse c.d.f function [math] F^{-1}(\cdot) [/math] and make sure it is monotonically increasing, in some cases this function does not exist

    2. For many distributions such as Gaussian, it is too difficult to find the inverse cdf function , making this method inefficient

    Discrete Case

    The same technique can be used for discrete case. We want to generate a discrete random variable x, that has probability mass function:
    In general in the discrete case, we have [math]x_0, \dots , x_n[/math] where:

    [math]\begin{align}P(X = x_i) &{}= p_i \end{align}[/math]
    [math]x_0 \leq x_1 \leq x_2 \dots \leq x_n[/math]
    [math]\sum p_i = 1[/math]

    Algorithm for applying Inverse Transformation Method in Discrete Case:
    1: Generate [math] U~ \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]
    2. [math] X=x_i, [/math] if [math] F(x_{i-1})\lt U\leq F(x_i) [/math], Since in discrete cases, F(x) is not continuous.

    Example in class: (Coin Flipping Example)
    We want to simulate a coin flip. We have U~U(0,1) and X = 0 or X = 1.

    We can define the U function so that:

    If U <= 0.5, then X = 0

    and if 0.5 < U <= 1, then X =1.

    This allows the probability of Heads occurring to be 0.5 and is a good generator of a random coin flip.

    [math] U~ \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]

    [math]\begin{align} P(X = 0) &{}= 0.5\\ P(X = 1) &{}= 0.5\\ \end{align}[/math]

    The answer is:

    [math] x = \begin{cases} 0, & \text{if } U\leq 0.5 \\ 1, & \text{if } 0.5 \lt U \leq 1 \end{cases}[/math]

    • Code
    >>for ii=1:1000
          if u<0.5

    Coin example.jpg

    Note: The role of semi-colon in Matlab: Matlab will not print out the results if the line ends in a semi-colon and vice versa.

    Example in class:

    Suppose we have the following discrete distribution:

    [math]\begin{align} P(X = 0) &{}= 0.3 \\ P(X = 1) &{}= 0.2 \\ P(X = 2) &{}= 0.5 \end{align}[/math]


    The cumulative distribution function (cdf) for this distribution is then:

    [math] F(x) = \begin{cases} 0, & \text{if } x \lt 0 \\ 0.3, & \text{if } x \lt 1 \\ 0.5, & \text{if } x \lt 2 \\ 1, & \text{if } x \ge 2 \end{cases}[/math]

    Then we can generate numbers from this distribution like this, given [math]U \sim~ Unif[0, 1][/math]:

    [math] x = \begin{cases} 0, & \text{if } U\leq 0.3 \\ 1, & \text{if } 0.3 \lt U \leq 0.5 \\ 2, & \text{if } 0.5 \lt U\leq 1 \end{cases}[/math]

    1. Draw U~u (0,1)
    2. if U<=0.3 deliver x=0
    3. else if 0.3<U<=0.5 deliver x=1
    4. else 0.5<U<=1 deliver x=2

    • Code (as shown in class)

    Use Editor window to edit the code

    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>for ii=1:1000
           if u<=0.3
           elseif u<0.5

    Discrete example.jpg

    Example: Generating a random variable from pdf

    [math] f_{x}(x) = \begin{cases} 2x, & \text{if } 0\leq x \leq 1 \\ 0, & \text{if } otherwise \end{cases}[/math]
    [math] F_{x}(x) = \begin{cases} 0, & \text{if } x \lt 0 \\ \int_{0}^{x}2sds = x^{2}, & \text{if } 0\leq x \leq 1 \\ 1, & \text{if } x \gt 1 \end{cases}[/math]
    [math]\begin{align} U = x^{2}, X = F^{-1}x(U)= U^{\frac{1}{2}}\end{align}[/math]

    Example: Generating a Bernoulli random variable

    [math]\begin{align} P(X = 1) = p, P(X = 0) = 1 - p\end{align}[/math]
    [math] F(x) = \begin{cases} 1-p, & \text{if } x \lt 1 \\ 1, & \text{if } x \ge 1 \end{cases}[/math]

    1. Draw [math] U~ \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]
    2. [math] X = \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if } U\leq p \\ 0, & \text{if } U \gt p \end{cases}[/math]

    Example: Generating a Poisson random variable

    Let X ~ Poi(u). Write an algorithm to generate X. The PDF of a poisson is:

    [math]\begin{align} f(x) = \frac {\, e^{-u} u^x}{x!} \end{align}[/math]

    We know that

    [math]\begin{align} P_{x+1} = \frac {\, e^{-u} u^{x+1}}{(x+1)!} \end{align}[/math]

    The ratio is [math]\begin{align} \frac {P_{x+1}}{P_x} = ... = \frac {u}{{x+1}} \end{align}[/math] Therefore, [math]\begin{align} P_{x+1} = \, {\frac {u}{x+1}} P_x\end{align}[/math]

    1) Generate U ~ U(0,1)
    2) [math]\begin{align} X = 0 \end{align}[/math]

      [math]\begin{align} F = P(X = 0) = e^{-u}*u^0/{0!} = e^{-u} = p \end{align}[/math]

    3) If U<F, output x

      Else, [math]\begin{align} p = (u/(x+1))^p \end{align}[/math] 
    [math]\begin{align} F = F + p \end{align}[/math]
    [math]\begin{align} x = x + 1 \end{align}[/math]

    4) Go to x

    Acknowledgements: This is from Stat 340 Winter 2013

    Example: Generating Geometric Distribution:

    Consider Geo(p) where p is the probability of success, and define random variable X such that X is the number of failure before the first success. x=1,2,3..... We have pmf: [math]P(X=x_i) = \, p (1-p)^{x_{i-1}}[/math] We have CDF: [math]F(x)=P(X \leq x)=1-P(X\gt x) = 1-(1-p)^x[/math], P(X>x) means we get at least x failures before observe the first success. Now consider the inverse transform:

    [math] x = \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if } U\leq p \\ 2, & \text{if } p \lt U \leq 1-(1-p)^2 \\ 3, & \text{if } 1-(1-p)^2 \lt U\leq 1-(1-p)^3 \\ .... k, & \text{if } 1-(1-p)^{k-1} \lt U\leq 1-(1-p)^k .... \end{cases}[/math]

    Note: Unlike the continuous case, the discrete inverse-transform method can always be used for any discrete distribution (but it may not be the most efficient approach)

    General Procedure
    1. Draw U ~ U(0,1)
    2. If [math]U \leq P_{0}[/math] deliver [math]x = x_{0}[/math]
    3. Else if [math]U \leq P_{0} + P_{1}[/math] deliver [math]x = x_{1}[/math]
    4. Else if [math]U \leq P_{0} + P_{1} + P_{2} [/math] deliver [math]x = x_{2}[/math]

      Else if [math]U \leq P_{0} + ... + P_{k} [/math] deliver [math]x = x_{k}[/math]

    1. We have to find [math] F^{-1} [/math]

    2. For many distributions, such as Gaussian, it is too difficult to find the inverse of [math] F(x) ,[/math] flipping a coin is a discrete case of uniform distribution, and for the code it is randomly flipped 1000 times for the coin, and the result we can see is closed to the express value(0.5) and example 2 is another discrete distribution, it shows that we can discrete uniform for 3 part like ,0,1,2, and the probability of each part or each trial is the same. Example 3 is use inverse method to figure out the probability range of each random varibles.

    Summary of Inverse Transform Method

    Problem:generate types of distribution.


    Continuous case:

    1. find CDF F
    2. find the inverse F-1
    3. Generate a list of uniformly distributed number {x}
    4. {F-1(x)} is what we want

    Matlab Instruction


    Discrete case:

    1. generate a list of uniformly distributed number {u}
    2. di=xi if[math] X=x_i, [/math] if [math] F(x_{i-1})\lt U\leq F(x_i) [/math]
    3. {di=xi} is what we want

    Matlab Instruction

    >>for ii=1:1000
          if u<0.5

    Acceptance-Rejection Method

    Although the inverse transformation method does allow us to change our uniform distribution, it has two limits;

    1. Not all functions have inverse functions (ie, the range of x and y have limit and do not fix the inverse functions)
    2. For some distributions, such as Gaussian, it is too difficult to find the inverse

    To generate random samples for these functions, we will use different methods, such as the Acceptance-Rejection Method. This method is more efficient than the inverse transform method.

    Suppose we want to draw random sample from a target density function f(x), x∈Sx, where Sx is the support of f(x). If we can find some constant c(≥1) (In practise, we prefer c as close to 1 as possible) and a density function g(x) having the same support Sx so that f(x)≤cg(x), ∀x∈Sx, then we can apply the procedure for Acceptance-Rejection Method. Typically we choose a density function that we already know how to sample from for g(x).

    AR Method.png


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    The main logic behind the Acceptance-Rejection Method is that:
    1. We want to generate sample points from an unknown distribution, say f(x).
    2. We use cg(x) to generate points so that we have more points than f(x) could ever generate for all x. (where c is a constant, and g(x) is a known distribution)
    3. For each value of x, we accept and reject some points based on a probability, which will be discussed below.

    Note: If the red line was only g(x) as opposed to [math]\,c g(x)[/math] (i.e. c=1), then [math]g(x) \geq f(x)[/math] for all values of x if and only if g and f are the same functions. This is because the sum of pdf of g(x)=1 and the sum of pdf of f(x)=1, hence, [math]g(x) \ngeqq f(x)[/math] ∀x.

    Also remember that [math]\,c g(x)[/math] always generates higher probability than what we need. Thus we need an approach of getting the proper probabilities.

    c must be chosen so that [math]f(x)\leqslant c g(x)[/math] for all value of x. c can only equal 1 when f and g have the same distribution. Otherwise:
    Either use a software package to test if [math]f(x)\leqslant c g(x)[/math] for an arbitrarily chosen c > 0, or:
    1. Find first and second derivatives of f(x) and g(x).
    2. Identify and classify all local and absolute maximums and minimums, using the First and Second Derivative Tests, as well as all inflection points.
    3. Verify that [math]f(x)\leqslant c g(x)[/math] at all the local maximums as well as the absolute maximums.
    4. Verify that [math]f(x)\leqslant c g(x)[/math] at the tail ends by calculating [math]\lim_{x \to +\infty} \frac{f(x)}{\, c g(x)}[/math] and [math]\lim_{x \to -\infty} \frac{f(x)}{\, c g(x)}[/math] and seeing that they are both < 1. Use of L'Hopital's Rule should make this easy, since both f and g are p.d.f's, resulting in both of them approaching 0.

    c should be close to the maximum of f(x)/g(x), not just some arbitrarily picked large number. Otherwise, the Acceptance-Rejection method will have more rejections (since our probability [math]f(x)\leqslant c g(x)[/math] will be close to zero). This will render our algorithm inefficient.

    Note: 1. Value around x1 will be sampled more often under cg(x) than under f(x).There will be more samples than we actually need, if [math]\frac{f(y)}{\, c g(y)}[/math] is small, the acceptance-rejection technique will need to be done to these points to get the accurate amount.In the region above x1, we should accept less and reject more.
    2. Value around x2: number of sample that are drawn and the number we need are much closer. So in the region above x2, we accept more. As a result, g(x) and f(x) are comparable.

    Another way to understand why the the acceptance probability is [math]\frac{f(y)}{\, c g(y)}[/math], is by thinking of areas. From the graph above, we see that the target function in under the proposed function c g(y). Therefore, [math]\frac{f(y)}{\, c g(y)}[/math] is the proportion or the area under c g(y) that also contains f(y). Therefore we say we accept sample points for which u is less then [math]\frac{f(y)}{\, c g(y)}[/math] because then the sample points are guaranteed to fall under the area of c g(y) that contains f(y).


    1. Draw Y~g(.)
    2. Draw U~u(0,1) (Note: U and Y are independent)
    3. If [math]u\leq \frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}[/math] (which is [math]P(accepted|y)[/math]) then x=y, else return to Step 1

    Note: Recall [math]P(U\leq a)=a[/math]. Thus by comparing u and [math]\frac{f(y)}{\, c g(y)}[/math], we can get a probability of accepting y at these points. For instance, at some points that cg(x) is much larger than f(x), the probability of accepting x=y is quite small.
    ie. At X1, low probability to accept the point since f(x) much smaller than cg(x).
    At X2, high probability to accept the point. [math]P(U\leq a)=a[/math] in Uniform Distribution.

    Note: Since U is the variable for uniform distribution between 0 and 1. It equals to 1 for all. The condition depends on the constant c. so the condition changes to [math]c\leq \frac{f(y)}{g(y)}[/math]

    introduce the relationship of cg(x)and f(x),and prove why they have that relationship and where we can use this rule to reject some cases. and learn how to see the graph to find the accurate point to reject or accept the ragion above the random variable x. for the example, x1 is bad point and x2 is good point to estimate the rejection and acceptance


    Let [math]f: \R \rightarrow [0,+\infty][/math] be a well-defined pdf, and [math]\displaystyle Y[/math] be a random variable with pdf [math]g: \R \rightarrow [0,+\infty][/math] such that [math]\exists c \in \R^+[/math] with [math]f \leq c \cdot g[/math]. If [math]\displaystyle U \sim~ U(0,1)[/math] is independent of [math]\displaystyle Y[/math], then the random variable defined as [math]X := Y \vert U \leq \frac{f(Y)}{c \cdot g(Y)}[/math] has pdf [math]\displaystyle f[/math], and the condition [math]U \leq \frac{f(Y)}{c \cdot g(Y)}[/math] is denoted by "Accepted".


    (to be updated later)



    Recall the conditional probability formulas:

    [math]\begin{align} P(A|B)=\frac{P(A \cap B)}{P(B)}, \text{ or }P(A|B)=\frac{P(B|A)P(A)}{P(B)} \text{ for pmf} \end{align}[/math]

    based on the concept from procedure-step1:

    (the larger the value is, the larger the chance it will be selected)

    [math] \begin{align} P(accepted)&=\int_y\ P(accepted|y)P(y)\\ &=\int_y\ \frac{f(s)}{cg(s)}g(s)ds\\ &=\frac{1}{c} \int_y\ f(s) ds\\ &=\frac{1}{c} \end{align}[/math]

    [math]\begin{align} P(x)&=P(y|accepted)\\ &=\frac{\frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}g(y)}{1/c}\\ &=\frac{\frac{f(y)}{c}}{1/c}\\ &=f(y)\end{align}[/math]

    Here is an alternative introduction of Acceptance-Rejection Method


    -Acceptance-Rejection Method is not good for all cases. One obvious cons is that it could be very hard to pick the g(y) and the constant c in some cases. And usually, c should be a small number otherwise the amount of work when applying the method could be HUGE.

    -Note: When f(y) is very different than g(y), it is less likely that the point will be accepted as the ratio above would be very small and it will be difficult for u to be less than this small value.
    An example would be when the target function (f) has a spike or several spikes in its domain - this would force the known distribution (g) to have density at least as large as the spikes, making the value of c larger than desired. As a result, the algorithm would be highly inefficient.

    Acceptance-Rejection Method
    Example 1 (discrete case)
    We wish to generate X~Bi(2,0.5), assuming that we cannot generate this directly.
    We use a discrete distribution DU[0,2] to approximate this.

    x 0 1 2
    f(x) 1/4 1/2 1/4
    g(x) 1/3 1/3 1/3
    c=f(x)/g(x) 3/4 3/2 3/4
    f(x)/(cg(x)) 1/2 1 1/2

    Since we need [math]c\gt =f(x)/g(x)[/math]
    We need [math]c=3/2[/math]

    Therefore, the algorithm is:
    1. Generate [math]u,v~U(0,1)[/math]
    2. Set [math]y= \lfloor 3*u \rfloor[/math] (This is using uniform distribution to generate DU[0,2]
    3. If [math](y=0)[/math] and [math](v\lt 1/2), output=0[/math]
    If [math](y=2) [/math] and [math](v\lt 1/2), output=2 [/math]
    Else if [math]y=1, output=1[/math]

    An elaboration of “c”
    c is the expected number of times the code runs to output 1 random variable. Remember that when [math]u \lt f(x)/(cg(x))[/math] is not satisfied, we need to go over the code again.


    Let [math]f(x)[/math] be the function we wish to generate from, but we cannot use inverse transform method to generate directly.
    Let [math]g(x)[/math] be the helper function
    Let [math]kg(x)\gt =f(x)[/math]
    Since we need to generate y from [math]g(x)[/math],
    [math]Pr(select y)=g(y)[/math]
    [math]Pr(output y|selected y)=Pr(u\lt f(y)/(cg(y)))= (y)/(cg(y))[/math] (Since u~Unif(0,1))
    [math]Pr(output y)=Pr(output y1|selected y1)Pr(select y1)+ Pr(output y2|selected y2)Pr(select y2)+…+ Pr(output yn|selected yn)Pr(select yn)=1/c[/math]
    Consider that we are asking for expected time for the first success, it is a geometric distribution with probability of success=c
    Therefore, [math]E(X)=1/(1/c))=c[/math]

    Acknowledgements: Some materials have been borrowed from notes from Stat340 in Winter 2013.

    Use the conditional probability to proof if the probability is accepted, then the result is closed pdf of the original one. the example shows how to choose the c for the two function g(x) and f(x).

    Example of Acceptance-Rejection Method

    Generating a random variable having p.d.f.

                                   [math]f(x) = 20x(1 - x)^3,         0\lt  x \lt 1  [/math]  

    Since this random variable (which is beta with parameters 2, 4) is concentrated in the interval (0, 1), let us consider the acceptance-rejection method with

                                        g(x) = 1,           0 < x < 1

    To determine the constant c such that f(x)/g(x) <= c, we use calculus to determine the maximum value of

                                      [math] f(x)/g(x) = 20x(1 - x)^3 [/math]

    Differentiation of this quantity yields


    Setting this equal to 0 shows that the maximal value is attained when x = 1/4, and thus,

                                     [math]f(x)/g(x)\lt = 20*(1/4)*(3/4)^3=135/64=c [/math]                                   



    and thus the simulation procedure is as follows:

    1) Generate two random numbers U1 and U2 .

    2) If U2<(256/27)*U1*(1-U1)3, set X=U2, and stop Otherwise return to step 1). The average number of times that step 1) will be performed is c = 135/64.

    (The above example is from http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~mps042/acceptance.htm, example 2.)

    use the derivative to proof the accepetance-rejection method, find the local maximum of f(x)/g(x). and we can calculate the best constant c.

    Simple Example of Acceptance-Rejection Method

    Consider the random variable X, with distribution [math] X [/math] ~ [math] U[0,0.5] [/math]

    So we let [math] f(x) = 2x [/math] on [math] [0, 1/2] [/math]

    Let [math]g(.)[/math] be [math]U[0,1][/math] distributed. So [math]g(x) = x[/math] on [math][0,1][/math]

    Then take [math]c = 2[/math]

    So [math]f(x)/cg(x) = (2x) / {(2)(x) } = 1[/math] on the interval [math][0, 1/2][/math] and

    [math]f(x)/cg(x) = (0) / {(2)(x) } = 0[/math] on the interval [math](1/2, 1][/math]

    So we reject:

    None of the numbers generated in the interval [math][0, 1/2][/math]

    All of the numbers generated in the interval [math](1/2, 1][/math]

    And this results in the distribution [math]f(.)[/math] which is [math]U[0,1/2][/math]

    a example to show why the we reject a case by using acceptance-rejection method.

    Another Example of Acceptance-Rejection Method

    Generate a random variable from:

      [math]f(x)=3*x^2[/math], 0< x <1

    Assume g(x) to be uniform over interval (0,1), where 0< x <1

      [math]c = max(f(x)/(g(x)))= 3[/math]

    the best constant c is the max(f(x)/(cg(x))) and the c make the area above the f(x) and below the g(x) to be small. because g(.) is uniform so the g(x) is 1. max(g(x)) is 1

      [math]f(x)/(cg(x))= x^2[/math]

    Acknowledgement: this is example 1 from http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~mps042/acceptance.htm

    an example to show how to figure out c and f(x)/c*g(x).

    Class 4 - Thursday, May 16

    • When we want to find a target distribution, denoted as [math]f(x)[/math]; we need to first find a proposal distribution [math]g(x)[/math] which is easy to sample from.
      The area of the f(x) is under the area of the g(x).
    • The relationship between the proposal distribution and target distribution is: [math] c \cdot g(x) \geq f(x) [/math].
    • Chance of acceptance is less if the distance between [math]f(x)[/math] and [math] c \cdot g(x)[/math] is big, and vice-versa, [math] c [/math] keeps [math] \frac {f(x)}{c \cdot g(x)} [/math] below 1 (so [math]f(x) \leq c \cdot g(x)[/math]), and we must to choose the constant [math] C [/math] to achieve this.
    • In other words, [math]C[/math] is chosen to make sure [math] c \cdot g(x) \geq f(x) [/math]. However, it will not make sense if [math]C[/math] is simply chosen to be arbitrarily large. We need to choose [math]C[/math] such that [math]c \cdot g(x)[/math] fits [math]f(x)[/math] as tightly as possible.
    • The constant c can not be negative number.

    How to find C:
    [math]\begin{align} &c \cdot g(x) \geq f(x)\\ &c\geq \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} \\ &c= \max \left(\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}\right) \end{align}[/math]
    If [math]f[/math] and [math] g [/math] are continuous, we can find the extremum by taking the derivative and solve for [math]x_0[/math] such that:
    [math] 0=\frac{d}{dx}\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}|_{x=x_0}[/math]
    Thus [math] c = \frac{f(x_0)}{g(x_0)} [/math]

    • The logic behind this:

    The Acceptance-Rejection method involves finding a distribution that we know how to sample from (g(x)) and multiplying g(x) by a constant c so that [math]c \cdot g(x)[/math] is always greater than or equal to f(x). Mathematically, we want [math] c \cdot g(x) \geq f(x) [/math]. And it means c has to be greater or equal to [math]\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}[/math]. So the smallest possible c that satisfies the condition is the maximum value of [math]\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}[/math]
    . If c is made to be too large, the chance of acceptance of generated values will be small, and the algorithm will lose its purpose.

    • For this method to be efficient, the constant c must be selected so that the rejection rate is low.(The efficiency for this method is[math]\left ( \frac{1}{c} \right )[/math])
    • It is easy to show that the expected number of trials for an acceptance is c. Thus, the smaller the c is, the lower the rejection rate, and the better the algorithm:
    Let [math]X[/math] be the number of trials for an acceptance, [math] X \sim~ Geo(\frac{1}{c})[/math]
    [math]\mathbb{E}[X] = \frac{1}{\frac{1}{c}} = c [/math]
    • The number of trials needed to generate a sample size of [math]N[/math] follows a negative binomial distribution. The expected number of trials needed is then [math]cN[/math].
    • So far, the only distribution we know how to sample from is the UNIFORM distribution.

    1. Choose [math]g(x)[/math] (simple density function that we know how to sample, i.e. Uniform so far)
    The easiest case is UNIF(0,1). However, in other cases we need to generate UNIF(a,b). We may need to perform a linear transformation on the UNIF(0,1) variable.
    2. Find a constant c such that :[math] c \cdot g(x) \geq f(x) [/math], otherwise return to step 1.

    Recall the general procedure of Acceptance-Rejection Method

    1. Let [math]Y \sim~ g(y)[/math]
    2. Let [math]U \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]
    3. If [math]U \leq \frac{f(x)}{c \cdot g(x)}[/math] then X=Y; else return to step 1 (This is not the way to find C. This is the general procedure.)

    Example: Generate a random variable from the pdf

    [math] f(x) = \begin{cases} 2x, & \mbox{if }0 \leqslant x \leqslant 1 \\ 0, & \mbox{otherwise} \end{cases} [/math]

    We can note that this is a special case of Beta(2,1), where, [math]beta(a,b)=\frac{\Gamma(a+b)}{\Gamma(a)\Gamma(b)}x^{(a-1)}(1-x)^{(b-1)}[/math]

    Where Γ (n)=(n-1)! if n is positive integer

    [math]Gamma(z)=\int _{0}^{\infty }t^{z-1}e^{t}dt[/math]

    Aside: Beta function

    In mathematics, the beta function, also called the Euler integral of the first kind, is a special function defined by [math]B(x,y)=\int_0^1 \! {t^{(x-1)}}{(1-t)^{(y-1)}}\,dt[/math]

    [math]beta(2,1)= \frac{\Gamma(3)}{(\Gamma(2)\Gamma(1))}x^1 (1-x)^0 = 2x[/math]

    [math]f(x)\leq c\cdot g(x)[/math]
    [math]c\geq \frac{f(x)}{g(x)}[/math]
    [math]c = \max \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} [/math]

    [math]c = \max \frac{2x}{1}, 0 \leq x \leq 1[/math]
    Taking x = 1 gives the highest possible c, which is c=2
    Note that c is a scalar greater than 1.

    Beta(2,1) example.jpg

    Note: g follows uniform distribution, it only covers half of the graph which runs from 0 to 1 on y-axis. Thus we need to multiply by c to ensure that [math]c\cdot g[/math] can cover entire f(x) area. In this case, c=2, so that makes g runs from 0 to 2 on y-axis which covers f(x).

    Comment: From the picture above, we could observe that the area under f(x)=2x is a half of the area under the pdf of UNIF(0,1). This is why in order to sample 1000 points of f(x) we need to sample approximately 2000 points in UNIF(0,1). And in general, if we want to sample n points from a distritubion with pdf f(x), we need to scan approximately [math]n\cdot c[/math] points from the proposal distribution (g(x)) in total.

    1. Draw y~u(0,1)
    2. Draw u~u(0,1)
    3. if [math]u \leq \frac{(2\cdot y)}{(2\cdot 1)}, x=y[/math]
      4.else go to 1

    Matlab Code

    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>ii=1;             # ii:numbers that are accepted
    >>jj=1;             # jj:numbers that are generated
    >>while ii<1000
        if u<=y
      jj = 2024         # should be around 2000

    ARM Example.jpg

    *Note: The reason that a for loop is not used is that we need continue the looping until we get 1000 successful samples. We will reject some samples during the process and therefore do not know the number of y we are going to generate.
    *Note2: In this example, we used c=2, which means we accept half of the points we generate on average. Generally speaking, 1/c would be the probability of acceptance, and an indicator of the efficiency of your chosen proposal distribution and algorithm.
    *Note3: We use while instead of for when looping because we do not know how many iterations are required to generate 1000 successful samples.
    *Note4: If c=1, we will accept all points, which is the ideal situation.

    Example for A-R method:'

    Given [math] f(x)= \frac{3}{4} (1-x^2), -1 \leq x \leq 1 [/math], use A-R method to generate random number


    Let g=U(-1,1) and g(x)=1/2

    let y ~ f, [math] cg(x)\geq f(x), c\frac{1}{2} \geq \frac{3}{4} (1-x^2) /1, c=max 2*\frac{3}{4} (1-x^2) = 3/2 [/math]

    The process:

    1: Draw U1 ~ U(0,1)
    2: Draw U2~U(0,1)
    3: let [math] y = U1*2 - 1 [/math]
    4: if [math]U2 \leq \frac { \frac{3}{4} * (1-y^2)} { \frac{3}{2}} = \frac{1-y^2}{2}[/math], then x=y, note that (3/4(1-y^2)/(3/2) is getting from f(y) / (cg(y)) )
    5: else: return to step 1

    Use Inverse Method for this Example

    [math]F(x)=\int_0^x \! 2s\,ds={x^2} -0={x^2}[/math]
    [math]x=\sqrt y[/math]
    [math] F^{-1}\left (\, x \, \right) =\sqrt x[/math]
    • Procedure
    1: Draw [math] U~ \sim~ Unif [0,1] [/math]
    2: [math] x=F^{-1}\left (\, u\, \right) =\sqrt u[/math]

    Matlab Code


    ARM(IFM) Example.jpg

    Matlab Tip: Periods, ".",meaning "element-wise", are used to describe the operation you want performed on each element of a vector. In the above example, to take the square root of every element in U, the notation U.^0.5 is used. However if you want to take the Square root of the entire matrix U the period, "*.*" would be excluded. i.e. Let matrix B=U^0.5, then [math]B^T*B=U[/math]. For example if we have a two 1 X 3 matrices and we want to find out their product; using "." in the code will give us their product; however, if we don't use "." it will just give us an error. For example, a =[1 2 3] b=[2 3 4] are vectors, a.*b=[2 6 12], but a*b does not work since matrix dimensions must agree.

    Example of Acceptance-Rejection Method

    [math]f(x)=3x^2, 0\lt x\lt 1; [/math] [math]g(x)=1, 0\lt x\lt 1[/math]

    [math]c = \max \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \max \frac{3x^2}{1} = 3 [/math]
    [math]\frac{f(x)}{c \cdot g(x)} = x^2[/math]

    1. Generate two uniform numbers in the unit interval [math]U_1, U_2 \sim~ U(0,1)[/math]
    2. If [math]U_2 \leqslant {U_1}^2[/math], accept [math]U_1[/math] as the random variable with pdf [math]f[/math], if not return to Step 1

    We can also use [math]g(x)=2x[/math] for a more efficient algorithm

    [math]c = \max \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \max \frac {3x^2}{2x} = \frac {3x}{2} [/math]. Use the inverse method to sample from [math]g(x)[/math] [math]G(x)=x^2[/math]. Generate [math]U[/math] from [math]U(0,1)[/math] and set [math]x=sqrt(u)[/math]

    1. Generate two uniform numbers in the unit interval [math]U_1, U_2 \sim~ U(0,1)[/math]
    2. If [math]U_2 \leq \frac{3\sqrt{U_1}}{2}[/math], accept [math]U_1[/math] as the random variable with pdf [math]f[/math], if not return to Step 1

    Possible Limitations

    This method could be computationally inefficient depending on the rejection rate. We may have to sample many points before
    we get the 1000 accepted points. In the example we did in class relating the [math]f(x)=2x[/math],
    we had to sample around 2070 points before we finally accepted 1000 sample points.

    Acceptance - Rejection Method Application on Normal Distribution

    [math]X \sim∼ N(\mu,\sigma^2), \text{ or } X = \sigma Z + \mu, Z \sim~ N(0,1) [/math]
    [math]\vert Z \vert[/math] has probability density function of

    f(x) = (2/[math]\sqrt{2\pi}[/math]) e-x2/2

    g(x) = e-x

    Take h(x) = f(x)/g(x) and solve for h'(x) = 0 to find x so that h(x) is maximum.

    Hence x=1 maximizes h(x) => c = [math]\sqrt{2e/\pi}[/math]

    Thus f(y)/cg(y) = e-(y-1)2/2

    learn how to use code to calculate the c between f(x) and g(x).

    How to transform [math]U(0,1)[/math] to [math]U(a, b)[/math]

    1. Draw U from [math]U(0,1)[/math]

    2. Take [math]Y=(b-a)U+a[/math]

    3. Now Y follows [math]U(a,b)[/math]

    Example: Generate a random variable z from the Semicircular density [math]f(x)= \frac{2}{\pi R^2} \sqrt{R^2-x^2}, -R\leq x\leq R[/math].

    -> Proposal distribution: UNIF(-R, R)

    -> We know how to generate using [math] U \sim UNIF (0,1) [/math] Let [math] Y= 2RU-R=R(2U-1)[/math], therefore Y follows [math]U(a,b)[/math]

    Now, we need to find c: Since c=max[f(x)/g(x)], where
    [math]f(x)= \frac{2}{\pi R^2} \sqrt{R^2-x^2}[/math], [math]g(x)=\frac{1}{2R}[/math], [math]-R\leq x\leq R[/math]
    Thus, we have to maximize R^2-x^2. => When x=0, it will be maximized. Therefore, c=4/pi. * Note: This also means that the probability of accepting a point is pi/4.

    We will accept the points with limit f(x)/[cg(x)]. Since [math]\frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}=\frac{\frac{2}{\pi R^{2}} \sqrt{R^{2}-y^{2}}}{\frac{4}{\pi} \frac{1}{2R}}=\frac{\frac{2}{\pi R^{2}} \sqrt{R^{2}-R^{2}(2U-1)^{2}}}{\frac{2}{\pi R}}[/math]

    • Note: Y= R(2U-1)

    We can also get Y= R(2U-1) by using the formula y = a+(b-a)*u, to transform U~(0,1) to U~(a,b). Letting a=-R and b=R, and substituting it in the formula y = a+(b-a)*u, we get Y= R(2U-1).

    Thus, [math]\frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}=\sqrt{1-(2U-1)^{2}}[/math] * this also means the probability we can accept points

    1. Draw [math]\ U[/math] from [math]\ U(0,1)[/math]

    2. Draw [math]\ U_{1}[/math] from [math]\ U(0,1)[/math]

    3. If [math]U_{1} \leq \sqrt{1-(2U-1)^2}, x = y [/math]

      else return to step 1.

    The condition is
    [math] U_{1} \leq \sqrt{(1-(2U-1)^2)}[/math]
    [math]\ U_{1}^2 \leq 1 - (2U -1)^2[/math]
    [math]\ U_{1}^2 - 1 \leq (2U - 1)^2[/math]
    [math]\ 1 - U_{1}^2 \geq (2U - 1)^2[/math]

    One more example about AR method
    (In this example, we will see how to determine the value of c when c is a function with unknown parameters instead of a value) Let [math]f(x)=x*e^{-x}, x\gt 0 [/math]
    Use [math]g(x)=a*e^{-a*x}[/math]to generate random variable

    Solution: First of all, we need to find c
    [math]cg(x)\gt =f(x)[/math]
    [math]c\gt =\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}[/math]
    [math]\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}=\frac{x}{a} * e^{-(1-a)x}[/math]
    take derivative with respect to x, and set it to 0 to get the maximum,
    [math]\frac{1}{a} * e^{-(1-a)x} - \frac{x}{a} * e^{-(1-a)x} * (1-a) = 0 [/math]
    [math]x=\frac {1}{1-a}[/math]

    [math]\frac {f(x)}{g(x)} = \frac {e^{-1}}{a*(1-a)} [/math]
    [math]\frac {f(0)}{g(0)} = 0[/math]
    [math]\frac {f(infinity)}{g(infinity)} = 0[/math]

    therefore, [math]c= \frac {e^{-1}}{a*(1-a)}[/math]

    In order to minimize c, we need to find the appropriate a
    Take derivative with respect to a and set it to be zero,
    We could get [math]a= \frac {1}{2}[/math]
    1. Generate u v ~unif(0,1)
    2. Generate y from g, since g is exponential with rate 2, let y=-ln(u)
    3. If [math]v\lt \frac{f(y)}{c\cdot g(y)}[/math], output y
    Else, go to 1

    Acknowledgements: The example above is from Stat 340 Winter 2013 notes.

    Summary of how to find the value of c
    Let [math]h(x) = \frac {f(x)}{g(x)}[/math], and then we have the following:
    1. First, take derivative of h(x) with respect to x, get x1;
    2. Plug x1 into h(x) and get the value(or a function) of c, denote as c1;
    3. Check the endpoints of x and sub the endpoints into h(x);
    4. (if c1 is a value, then we can ignore this step) Since we want the smallest value of c such that [math]f(x) \leq c\cdot g(x)[/math] for all x, we want the unknown parameter that minimizes c.
    So we take derivative of c1 with respect to the unknown parameter (ie k=unknown parameter) to get the value of k.
    Then we submit k to get the value of c1. (Double check that [math]c_1 \geq 1[/math]
    5. Pick the maximum value of h(x) to be the value of c.

    For the two examples above, we need to generate the probability function to uniform distribution, and figure out [math]c=max\frac {f(y)}{g(y)} [/math]. If [math]v\lt \frac {f(y)}{c\cdot g(y)}[/math], output y.

    Summary of when to use the Accept Rejection Method
    1) When the calculation of inverse cdf cannot to be computed or too difficult to compute.
    2) When f(x) can be evaluated to at least one of the normalizing constant.
    3) A constant c where [math]f(x)\leq c\cdot g(x)[/math]
    4) A uniform draw

    Interpretation of 'C'

    We can use the value of c to calculate the acceptance rate by '1/c'.

    For instance, assume c=1.5, then we can tell that 66.7% of the points will be accepted (1/1.5=0.667).

    Class 5 - Tuesday, May 21

    Recall the example in the last lecture. The following code will generate a random variable required by the question in that question.

    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>R=1;         #Note: that R is a constant in which we can change 
                             i.e. if we changed R=4 then we would have a density between -4 and 4
    >>while ii<1000
            u1 = rand;
            u2 = rand;
            y = R*(2*u2-1);
            if (1-u1^2)>=(2*u2-1)^2
               x(ii) = y;
               ii = ii + 1;       #Note: for beginner programers that this step increases 
                                    the ii value for next time through the while loop

    MATLAB tips: hist(x,y)- y means the number of bars in the graph.

    ARM cont example.jpg

    a histogram to show variable x, and the bars number is y.

    Discrete Examples

    • Example 1

    Generate random variable [math]X[/math] according to p.m.f
    [math]\begin{align} P(x &=1) &&=0.15 \\ P(x &=2) &&=0.25 \\ P(x &=3) &&=0.3 \\ P(x &=4) &&=0.1 \\ P(x &=5) &&=0.2 \\ \end{align}[/math]

    The discrete case is analogous to the continuous case. Suppose we want to generate an X that is a discrete random variable with pmf f(x)=P(X=x). Suppose we can already easily generate a discrete random variable Y with pmf g(x)=P(Y=x)such that supx {f(x)/g(x)}<= c < ∞. The following algorithm yields our X:

    Step 1. Draw discrete uniform distribution of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, [math]Y \sim~ g[/math].
    Step 2. Draw [math]U \sim~ U(0,1)[/math].
    Step 3. If [math]U \leq \frac{f(Y)}{c \cdot g(Y)}[/math], then X = Y ;
    Else return to Step 1.

    How do we compute c? Recall that c can be found by maximizing the ratio :[math] \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} [/math]. Note that this is different from maximizing [math] f(x) [/math] and [math] g(x) [/math] independently of each other and then taking the ratio to find c.

    [math]c = max \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \frac {0.3}{0.2} = 1.5 [/math]
    [math]\frac{p(x)}{cg(x)} = \frac{p(x)}{1.5*0.2} = \frac{p(x)}{0.3} [/math]

    Note: The U is independent from y in Step 2 and 3 above. ~The constant c is a indicator of rejection rate

    the acceptance-rejection method of pmf, the uniform pro is the same for all variables, and there 5 parameters(1,2,3,4,5), so g(x) is 0.2

    • Code for example 1
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>p=[.15 .25 .3 .1 .2];    #This a vector holding the values
    >>while ii < 1000
        if u<= p(y)/0.3

    ARM disc example.jpg

    unidrnd(k) draws from the discrete uniform distribution of integers [math]1,2,3,...,k[/math] If this function is not built in to your MATLAB then we can do simple transformation on the rand(k) function to make it work like the unidrnd(k) function.

    The acceptance rate is [math]1/c[/math], so the lower the c, the more efficient the algorithm. Theoretically, c equals 1 is the best case because all samples would be accepted; however it would only be true when the proposal and target distributions are exactly the same, which would never happen in practice.

    For example, if c = 1.5, the acceptance rate would be [math]1/1.5=2/3[/math]. Thus, in order to generate 1000 random values, a total of 1500 iterations would be required.

    A histogram to show 1000 random values of f(x), more random value make the probability close to the express probability value. Recall 1/c is rejection ratio, more smaller more better.

    • Example 2

    Let g be the uniform distribution of 1, 2, or 3
    3, If [math]U \leq \frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}[/math], set x = y. Else go to 1.

    • Code for example 2
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>p=[.1 .3 .6];    
    >>while ii < 1000
        if u<= p(y)/1.8

    • Example 3

    [math]p_{x}=e^{-3}3^{x}/x! , x\gt =0[/math]
    Try the first few p_{x}'s: .0498 .149 .224 .224 .168 .101 .0504 .0216 .0081 .0027

    Use the geometric distribution for [math]g(x)[/math];
    [math]g(x)=p(1-p)^{x}[/math], choose p=0.25
    Look at [math]p_{x}/g(x)[/math] for the first few numbers: .199 .797 1.59 2.12 2.12 1.70 1.13 .647 .324 .144
    We want [math]c=max(p_{x}/g(x))[/math] which is approximately 2.12

    1. Generate [math]U_{1} \sim~ U(0,1); U_{2} \sim~ U(0,1)[/math]
    2. [math]j = \lfloor \frac{ln(U_{1})}{ln(.75)} \rfloor;[/math]
    3. if [math]U_{2} \lt \frac{p_{j}}{cg(j)}[/math], set X = xj, else go to step 1.

    • Example 4 (Hypergeometric & Binomial)

    Suppose we are given f(x) such that it is hypergeometically distributed, given 10 white balls, 5 red balls, and select 3 balls, let X be the number of red ball selected, without replacement.

    Choose g(x) such that it is binomial distribution, Bin(3, 1/3). Find the rejection constant, c

    Solution: For hypergeometric: [math]P(X=0) =\binom{10}{3}/\binom{15}{3} =0.2637, P(x=1)=\binom{10}{2} * \binom{5}{1} /\binom{15}{3}=0.4945, P(X=2)=\binom{10}{1} * \binom{5}{2} /\binom{15}{3}=0.2198,[/math]

    [math]P(X=3)=\binom{5}{3}/\binom{15}{3}= 0.02198[/math]

    For Binomial g(x): P(X=0) = (2/3)^3=0.2963; P(X=1)= 3*(1/3)*(2/3)^2 = 0.4444, P(X=2)=3*(1/3)^2*(2/3)=0.2222, P(X=3)=(1/3)^3=0.03704

    Find the value of f/g for each X

    X=0: 0.8898; X=1: 1.1127; X=2: 0.9891; X=3: 0.5934

    Choose the maximum which is c=1.1127

    Looking for the max f(x) is 0.4945 and the max g(x) is 0.4444, so we can calculate the max c is 1.1127. But for the graph, this c is not the best because it does not cover all the point of f(x), so we need to move the c*g(x) graph to cover all f(x), and decreasing the rejection ratio.

    Limitation: If the shape of the proposed distribution g is very different from the target distribution f, then the rejection rate will be high (High c value). Computationally, the algorithm is always right; however it is inefficient and requires many iterations.
    Here is an example: ARM Fail.jpg

    In the above example, we need to move c*g(x) to the peak of f to cover the whole f. Thus c will be very large and 1/c will be small. The higher the rejection rate, more points will be rejected.
    More on rejection/acceptance rate: 1/c is the acceptance rate. As c decreases (note: the minimum value of c is 1), the acceptance rate increases. In our last example, 1/c=1/1.5≈66.67%. Around 67% of points generated will be accepted.

    Acceptance-Rejection Method

    Problem: The CDF is not invertible or it is difficult to find the inverse.


    1. Draw y~g(.)
    2. Draw u~Unif(0,1)
    3. If [math]u\leq \frac{f(y)}{cg(y)}[/math]then set x=y. Else return to Step 1

    x will have the desired distribution.

    Matlab Example

    close all
    clear all
    while ii<1000
      u1 = rand;
      u2 = rand;
      y = R*(2*u2-1);
      if (1-u1^2)>=(2*u2-1)^2
        x(ii) = y;
        ii = ii + 1;

    Recall that, Suppose we have an efficient method for simulating a random variable having probability mass function {q(j),j>=0}. We can use this as the basis for simulating from the distribution having mass function {p(j),j>=0} by first simulating a random variable Y having mass function {q(j)} and then accepting this simulated value with a probability proportinal to p(Y)/q(Y).

    Specifically, let c be a constant such that 
                   p(j)/q(j)<=c for all j such that p(j)>0

    We now have the following technique, called the acceptance-rejection method, for simulating a random variable X having mass function p(j)=P{X=j}.

    Sampling from commonly used distributions

    Please note that this is not a general technique as is that of acceptance-rejection sampling. Later, we will generalize the distributions for multidimensional purposes.

    • Gamma

    The CDF of the Gamma distribution [math]Gamma(t,\lambda)[/math] is:
    [math] F(x) = \int_0^{\lambda x} \frac{e^{-y}y^{t-1}}{(t-1)!} \mathrm{d}y, \; \forall x \in (0,+\infty)[/math], where [math]t \in \N^+ \text{ and } \lambda \in (0,+\infty)[/math].

    Neither Inverse Transformation nor Acceptance/Rejection Method can be easily applied to Gamma distribution. However, we can use additive property of Gamma distribution to generate random variables.

    • Additive Property

    If [math]X_1, \dots, X_t[/math] are independent exponential distributions with hazard rate [math] \lambda [/math] (in other words, [math] X_i\sim~ Exp (\lambda) [/math][math] Exp (\lambda)= Gamma (1, \lambda)), then \Sigma_{i=1}^t X_i \sim~ Gamma (t, \lambda) [/math]

    If we want to sample from the Gamma distribution, we can consider sampling from [math]t[/math] independent exponential distributions using the Inverse Method for each [math] X_i[/math] and add them up.

    According to this property, a random variable that follows Gamma distribution is the sum of i.i.d (independent and identically distributed) exponential random variables. Now we want to generate 1000 values of [math]Gamma(20,10)[/math] random variables, so we need to obtain the value of each one by adding 20 values of [math]X_i \sim~ Exp(10)[/math]. To achieve this, we generate a 20-by-1000 matrix whose entries follow [math]Exp(10)[/math] and add the rows together. [math] x_1 [/math]~Exp([math]\lambda [/math]) [math]x_2 [/math]~Exp([math] \lambda [/math]) ... [math]x_t [/math]~Exp([math] \lambda [/math]) [math]x_1+x_2+...+x_t[/math]


    • Procedure
    1. Sample independently from a uniform distribution [math]t[/math] times, giving [math] U_1,\dots,U_t \sim~ U(0,1)[/math]
    2. Use the Inverse Transform Method, [math] X_i = -\frac {1}{\lambda}\log(1-U_i)[/math], giving [math] X_1,\dots,X_t \sim~Exp(\lambda)[/math]
    3. Use the additive property,[math] X = \Sigma_{i=1}^t X_i \sim~ Gamma (t, \lambda) [/math]

    • Note for Procedure
    1. If [math]U\sim~U(0,1)[/math], then [math]U[/math] and [math]1-U[/math] will have the same distribution (both follows [math]U(0,1)[/math])
    2. This is because the range for [math]1-U[/math] is still [math](0,1)[/math], and their densities are identical over this range.
    3. Let [math]Y=1-U[/math], [math]Pr(Y\lt =y)=Pr(1-U\lt =y)=Pr(U\gt =1-y)=1-Pr(U\lt =1-y)=1-(1-y)=y[/math], thus [math]1-U\sim~U(0,1)[/math]

    • Some notes on matlab coding:

    If X is a matrix;

    • X(1,:) returns the first row
      X(:,1) returns the first column
      X(i,i) returns the (i,i)th entry
      sum(X,1) or sum(X) is a summation of the rows of X
      sum(X,2) is a summation of the columns of X
      rand(r,c) will generate random numbers in r row and c columns
      Matlab coding language is very efficient with vectors and inefficient with loops. It is far better to use vector operations (use the . operator as necessary) than it is to use "for" loops when computing many values.
    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>lambda = 1;
    >>u = rand(20, 1000);            Note: this command generate a 20x1000 matrix 
                                (which means we generate 1000 number for each X_i with t=20); 
                                all the elements are generated by rand
    >>x = (-1/lambda)*log(1-u);      Note: log(1-u) is essentially the same as log(u) only if u~U(0,1) 
    >>xx = sum(x)                     Note: sum(x) will sum all elements in the same column. 
                                                     size(xx) can help you to verify

    Gamma example.jpg

    size(x) and size(u) are both 20*1000 matrix. Since if u~unif(0, 1), u and 1 - u have the same distribution, we can substitue 1-u with u to simply the equation. Alternatively, the following command will do the same thing with the previous commands.

    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>lambda = 1;
    >>xx = sum((-1/lambda)*log(rand(20, 1000))); ''This is simple way to put the code in one line. 
                                                   Here we can use either log(u) or log(1-u) since U~U(0,1);

    in the matrix rand(20,1000) means 20 row with 1000 numbers for each. use the code to show the generalize the distributions for multidimensional purposes in different cases, such as sum xi (each xi not equal xj), and they are independent, or matrix. Finally, we can see the conclusion is shown by the histogram.

    Other Sampling Method: Coordinate System

    Unnamed QQ Screenshot20130521203625.png

    • From cartesian to polar coordinates

    [math] R=\sqrt{x_{1}^2+x_{2}^2}= x_{2}/sin(\theta)= x_{1}/cos(\theta)[/math]
    [math] tan(\theta)=x_{2}/x_{1} \rightarrow \theta=tan^{-1}(x_{2}/x_{1})[/math]

    if the graph is straight line, we can set the length of the line is R, and x=cos(sigma) , y=sin(sigma)


    PLEASE COMBINE WITH "Some notes on matlab coding"
    IN SECTION 6.2

    X=rand(2,3) generates a 2 rows*3 columns matrix
    0.1 0.2 0.3
    0.4 0.5 0.6
    sum(X) adds the columns up
    0.5 0.7 0.9
    sum(X,2) adds up the rows

    Class 6 - Thursday, May 23


    1.On the day of each lecture, students from the morning section can only contribute the first half of the lecture (i.e. 8:30 - 9:10 am), so that the second half can be saved for the ones from the afternoon section. After the day of lecture, students are free to contribute anything.

    Standard Normal distribution

    If X ~ N(0,1)- Standard Normal Distribution - then its p.d.f. is of the form

    [math]f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} x^2}[/math]
    • Warning : the General Normal distribution is
    [math] f(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma\sqrt{2\pi}} e^{ -\frac{(x-\mu)^2}{2\sigma^2} } [/math]

    where [math] \mu [/math] is the mean or expectation of the distribution and [math] \sigma [/math] is standard deviation

    • N(0,1) is standard normal. [math] \mu [/math] =0 and [math] \sigma [/math]=1

    Let X and Y be independent standard normal.

    Let [math] \theta [/math] and R denote the Polar coordinate of the vector (X, Y)

    Note: R must satisfy two properties:

    1. Be a positive number (as it is a length)
    2. It must be from a distribution that has more data points closer to the origin so that as we go further from the origin, less points are generated (the two options are Chi-squared and Exponential distribution)

    The form of the joint distribution of R and [math]\theta[/math] will show that the best choice for distribution of R2 is exponential.

    We cannot use the Inverse Transformation Method since F(x) does not have a closed form solution. So we will use joint probability function of two independent standard normal random variables and polar coordinates to simulate the distribution:

    We know that

    R2= X2+Y2 and [math] \tan(\theta) = \frac{y}{x} [/math]
    [math]f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} x^2}[/math]
    [math]f(y) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} y^2}[/math]
    [math]f(x,y) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} x^2} * \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} y^2}=\frac{1}{2\pi}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} (x^2+y^2)} [/math]
    - Since both the distributions are independent

    It can also be shown using 1-1 transformation that the joint distribution of R and θ is given by, 1-1 transformation:
    Let [math]d=R^2[/math]

    [math]x= \sqrt {d}\cos \theta [/math]
    [math]y= \sqrt {d}\sin \theta [/math]

    then [math]\left| J\right| = \left| \dfrac {1} {2}d^{-\dfrac {1} {2}}\cos \theta d^{\frac{1}{2}}\cos \theta +\sqrt {d}\sin \theta \dfrac {1} {2}d^{-\frac{1}{2}}\sin \theta \right| = \dfrac {1} {2}[/math] It can be shown that the pdf of [math] d [/math] and [math] \theta [/math] is:

    [math]\begin{matrix} f(d,\theta) = \frac{1}{2}e^{-\frac{d}{2}}*\frac{1}{2\pi},\quad d = R^2 \end{matrix},\quad for\quad 0\leq d\lt \infty\ and\quad 0\leq \theta\leq 2\pi [/math]

    Note that [math] \begin{matrix}f(r,\theta)\end{matrix}[/math] consists of two density functions, Exponential and Uniform, so assuming that r and [math]\theta[/math] are independent [math] \begin{matrix} \Rightarrow d \sim~ Exp(1/2), \theta \sim~ Unif[0,2\pi] \end{matrix} [/math]

    • [math] \begin{align} R^2 = x^2 + y^2 \end{align} [/math]
    • [math] \tan(\theta) = \frac{y}{x} [/math]

    [math]\begin{align} f(d) = Exp(1/2)=\frac{1}{2}e^{-\frac{d}{2}}\ \end{align}[/math]
    [math]\begin{align} f(\theta) =\frac{1}{2\pi}\ \end{align}[/math]
    To sample from the normal distribution, we can generate a pair of independent standard normal X and Y by:
    1) Generating their polar coordinates
    2) Transforming back to rectangular (Cartesian) coordinates.

    Expectation of a Standard Normal distribution

    The expectation of a standard normal distribution is 0

    Below is the proof:
    [math]\operatorname{E}[X]= \;\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-x^2/2} \, dx.[/math]
    [math]\phi(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\, e^{- \frac{\scriptscriptstyle 1}{\scriptscriptstyle 2} x^2}.[/math]
    [math]=\;\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x \phi(x), dx.[/math]
    Since the first derivative ϕ′(x) is −(x)
    [math]=\;\ - \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi'(x), dx.[/math]
    [math]= - \left[\phi(x)\right]_{-\infty}^{\infty}[/math]
    [math]= 0[/math]
    • Procedure (Box-Muller Transformation Method):

    Pseudorandom approaches to generating normal random variables used to be limited. Inefficient methods such as inverse Gaussian function, sum of uniform random variables, and acceptance-rejection were used. In 1958, a new method was proposed by George Box and Mervin Muller of Princeton University. This new technique had the easy of use and accuracy that grew more valuable as computers became more computationally astute since then. The Box-Muller method takes a sample from a bivariate independent standard normal distribution, each component of which is thus a univariate standard normal. The algorithm is based on the following two properties of the bivariate independent standard normal distribution: if Z = (Z1, Z2) has this distribution, then 1.R2=Z12+Z22 is exponentially distributed with mean 2, i.e.

        P(R2 <= x) = 1-e-x/2.

    2.GivenR2, the point (Z1,Z2) is uniformly distributed on the circle of radius R centered at the origin. We can use these properties to build the algorithm:

    1) Generate random number [math] \begin{align} U_1,U_2 \sim~ \mathrm{Unif}(0, 1) \end{align} [/math]
    2) Generate polar coordinates using the exponential distribution of d and uniform distribution of θ,

    [math] \begin{align} R^2 = d = -2\log(U_1), & \quad r = \sqrt{d} \\ & \quad \theta = 2\pi U_2 \end{align} [/math]

    [math] \begin{matrix} \ R^2 \sim~ Exp(2), \theta \sim~ Unif[0,2\pi] \end{matrix} [/math]

    3) Transform polar coordinates (i.e. R and θ) back to Cartesian coordinates (i.e. X and Y),
    [math] \begin{align} x = R\cos(\theta) \\ y = R\sin(\theta) \end{align} [/math]

    Note: In steps 2 and 3, we are using a similar technique as that used in the inverse transform method.
    The Box-Muller Transformation Method generates a pair of independent Standard Normal distributions, X and Y (Using the transformation of polar coordinates).

    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    "Remember: For the above code to work the "." needs to be after the d to ensure that each element of d is raised to the power of 0.5.
    Otherwise matlab will raise the entire matrix to the power of 0.5."

    Normal theta.jpgNormal d.jpg 300x300px300x300px

    As seen in the histograms above, X and Y generated from this procedure have a standard normal distribution.

    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all

    Note: randn is random sample from a standard normal distribution.
    Note: hist(x+2) will be centered at 2 instead of at 0.

         hist(x*3+2) is also centered at 2. The mean doesn't change, but the variance of x*3+2 becomes nine times (3^2) the variance of x.

    Normal x.jpgNormal x+2.jpgNormal(2x+2).jpg

    Comment: Box-Muller transformations are not computationally efficient. The reason for this is the need to compute sine and cosine functions. A way to get around this time-consuming difficulty is by an indirect computation of the sine and cosine of a random angle (as opposed to a direct computation which generates U and then computes the sine and cosine of 2πU.

    Alternative Methods of generating normal distribution
    1. Even though we cannot use inverse transform method, we can approximate this inverse using different functions.One method would be rational approximation.
    2.Central limit theorem : If we sum 12 independent U(0,1) distribution and subtract 6 (which is E(ui)*12)we will approximately get a standard normal distribution.
    3. Ziggurat algorithm which is known to be faster than Box-Muller transformation and a version of this algorithm is used for the randn function in matlab.

    If Z~N(0,1) and X= μ +Zσ then X~[math] N(\mu, \sigma^2)[/math]

    If Z1, Z2... Zd are independent identically distributed N(0,1), then Z=(Z1,Z2...Zd)T ~N(0, Id), where 0 is the zero vector and Id is the identity matrix.

    For the histogram, the constant is the parameter that affect the center of the graph.

    Proof of Box Muller Transformation

    Definition: A transformation which transforms from a two-dimensional continuous uniform distribution to a two-dimensional bivariate normal distribution (or complex normal distribution).

    Let U1 and U2 be independent uniform (0,10) random variables. Then [math]X_{1} = -2lnU_{1}*cos(2\pi U_{2})[/math]

    [math]X_{1} = -2lnU_{1}*sin(2\pi U_{2})[/math] are independent N(0,1) random variables.

    This is a standard transformation problem. The joint distribution is given by

                      f(x1 ,x2) = fu1, u2(g1^− 1(x1,x2),g2^− 1(x1,x2)) * | J |

    where J is the Jacobian of the transformation,

                      J = |∂u1/∂x1,∂u1/∂x2|


         u1 = g1 ^-1(x1,x2)
         u2 = g2 ^-1(x1,x2)

    Inverting the above transformations, we have

        u1 = exp^{-(x1 ^2+ x2 ^2)/2}
        u2 = (1/2pi)*tan^-1 (x2/x1)

    Finally we get

     f(x1,x2) = {exp^(-(x1^2+x2^2)/2)}/2pi

    which factors into two standard normal pdfs.

    General Normal distributions

    General normal distribution is a special version of normal distribution. The domain of the general normal distribution is affected by the standard deviation and translated by the mean value. The pdf of the general normal distribution is [math]f(x) = 1/ sigma. *phi * ( (x - nu)/ sigma) [/math], where [math]phi(x) = 1/ (2pie)^1/2 .* e ^ (- 1/2 * x^2) [/math]

    The special case of the normal distribution is standard normal distribution, which the variance is 1 and the mean is zero. If X is a general normal deviate, then Z = (X − μ)/σ will have a standard normal distribution.

    If Z ~ N(0,1), and we want [math]X [/math]~[math] N(\mu, \sigma^2)[/math], then [math]X = \mu + \sigma * Z[/math] Since [math]E(x) = \mu +\sigma*0 = \mu [/math] and [math]Var(x) = 0 +\sigma^2*1[/math]

    If [math]Z_1,...Z_d[/math] ~ N(0,1) and are independent then [math]Z = (Z_1,..Z_d)^{T} [/math]~ [math]N(0,I_d)[/math] ie.

    • Code
    >>close all
    >>clear all
    >>z1=randn(1,1000);    <-generate variable from standard normal distribution

    Nonstdnormal example.jpg

    If Z~N(0,Id) and X= [math]\underline{\mu} + \,2 \Sigma^{\frac{1}{2}} [/math] then [math]\underline{X}[/math] ~[math]N(\underline{\mu},\Sigma)[/math]

    Bernoulli Distribution

    The Bernoulli distribution is a discrete probability distribution, which usually describe an event that only has two possible results, i.e. success or failure. If the event succeed, we usually take value 1 with success probability p, and take value 0 with failure probability q = 1 - p.

    P ( x = 0) = q = 1 - p P ( x = 1) = p P ( x = 0) + P (x = 1) = p + q = 1

    If X~Ber(p), its pdf is of the form [math]f(x)= p^{x}(1-p)^{(1-x)}[/math], x=0,1
    P is the success probability.

    The Bernoulli distribution is a special case of binomial distribution, which the variate x only has two outcomes; so that the Bernoulli also can use the probability density function of the binomial distribution with the variate x only take 0 and 1.

    To simulate the event of flipping a coin, let P be the probability of flipping head and X = 1 and 0 represent
    flipping head and tail respectively:
    1. Draw U ~ Uniform(0,1)
    2. If U <= P
       X = 1
       X = 0
    3. Repeat as necessary

    An intuitive way to think of this is in the coin flip example we discussed in a previous lecture. In this example we set p = 1/2 and this allows for 50% of points to be heads or tails.

    • Code to Generate Bernoulli(p = 0.3)
    i = 1;
    while (i <=1000)
        u =rand();
        p = 0.3;
        if (u <= p)
            x(i) = 1;
            x(i) = 0;
        i = i + 1;

    However, we know that if [math]\begin{align} X_i \sim Bernoulli(p) \end{align}[/math] where each [math]\begin{align} X_i \end{align}[/math] is independent,
    [math]U = \sum_{i=1}^{n} X_i \sim Binomial(n,p)[/math]
    So we can sample from binomial distribution using this property. Note: For Binomial distribution, we can consider it as a set of n Bernoulli add together.

    • Code to Generate Binomial(n = 10,p = 0.3)
    p = 0.3;
    n = 10;
    for k=1:5000
        i = 1;
        while (i <= n)
            if (u <= p)
                y(i) = 1;
                y(i) = 0;
            i = i + 1;
        x(k) = sum(y==1);

    Note: We can also regard the Bernoulli Distribution as either a conditional distribution or [math]f(x)= p^{x}(1-p)^{(1-x)}[/math], x=0,1.

    Comments on Matlab: When doing operations on vectors, always put a dot before the operator if you want the operation to be done to every element in the vector. example: Let V be a vector with dimension 2*4 and you want each element multiply by 3.

            The  Matlab code is 3.*V

    some examples for using code to generate distribution.

    Class 7 - Tuesday, May 28

    Note that the material in this lecture will not be on the exam; it was only to supplement what we have learned.

    Universality of the Uniform Distribution/Inverse Method


    1.Generate U~Unif [0, 1)
    2.set [math]x=F^{-1}(u)[/math]


    Let x1,x2 denote the lifetime of 2 independent particles, [math]X[/math]1~[math]Exp(\lambda_1)[/math], [math]X[/math]2~[math]Exp(\lambda_2)[/math].
    We are interested in Y=min([math]\lambda_1, \lambda_2[/math]).
    Design an algorithm based on inverse method to generate sample according to fy.

    Inversion Method

    P(X<=x) = P([math]F^{-1}(u)\lt =x) =P(u\lt =Fx(X)) =Fx(U)[/math] U = Fx(X) =>[math]x=F^{-1}(u)[/math]

    Example 1
    Let [math]X[/math]1,[math]X[/math]2 denote the lifetime of two independent particles:

    We are interested in [math]y=min(X[/math]1[math],X[/math]2[math])[/math]
    Design an algorithm based on the Inverse-Transform Method to generate samples according to [math]f[/math]y[math](y)[/math]

    Solution: x~exp([math]\lambda[/math])
    [math]f_{x}(x)=\lambda e^{-\lambda x},x\geq0 [/math]
    [math]1-F_Y(y) = P(Y\gt y)[/math] = P(min(X1,X2) > y) = [math]\, P((X_1)\gt y) P((X_2)\gt y) = -e^{\, -(\lambda_1 + \lambda_2) y}[/math]
    [math]F_Y(y)=1-e^{\, -(\lambda_1 + \lambda_2) y}, y\geq 0[/math]
    [math]U=1-e^{\, -(\lambda_1 + \lambda_2) y}[/math] => [math]y=\, {-\frac {1}{{\lambda_1 +\lambda_2}}} ln(1-u)[/math]


    Step1: Generate u~unif [0, 1)
    Step2: set [math]x=\, {-\frac {1}{{\lambda_1 +\lambda_2}}} ln(u)[/math]

    If we change the lifetime of two independent particles to n independent particles

    we change [math]X[/math]1~exp([math]\lambda[/math]1)
    to [math]X[/math]n~exp([math]\lambda[/math]n)

    Now, we are looking the maximum instead of minimum

    [math]y=\, {-\frac {1}{{ \sum\lambda_i}}} ln(1-u)[/math]

    inverse-transform method to figure out the joint pdf, cdf and inverse it.

    Example 2
    Consider U~Unif[0,1)
    [math]X=\, a (1-\sqrt{1-u})[/math], where a>0
    What is the distribution of X?
    [math]X=\, a (1-\sqrt{1-u})[/math]
    =>[math]1-\frac {x}{a}=\sqrt{1-u}[/math]
    =>[math]u=1-(1-\frac {x}{a})^2[/math]
    =>[math]u=\, {\frac {x}{a}} (2-\frac {x}{a})[/math]
    [math]f(x)=\frac {dF(x)}{dx}=\frac {2}{a}-\frac {2x}{a^2}=\, \frac {2}{a} (1-\frac {x}{a})[/math]

    We can define the distribution of X, when we know U~Unif[0,1).

    Example 3
    Suppose FX(x) = xn, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1, n ∈ N > 0. We want to generate X.

    1. generate u ~ Unif[0, 1)
    2. Set x <- U1/n

    For example, when n = 20,
    u = 0.6 => x = u1/20 = 0.974
    u = 0.5 => x = u1/20 = 0.966
    u = 0.2 => x = u1/20 = 0.923

    Recall that If Y = max (X1, X2, ... , Xn), where X1, X2, ... , Xn are independent,
    FY(y) = P(Y ≤ y) = P(max (X1, X2, ... , Xn) ≤ y) = P(X1 ≤ y, X2 ≤ y, ... , Xn ≤ y) = Fx1(y) Fx2(y) ... Fxn(y)
    Similarly if [math] Y = min(X_1,\ldots,X_n)[/math] then the cdf of [math]Y[/math] is [math]F_Y = 1- [/math][math]\prod[/math][math](1- F_{X_i})[/math]

    Method 1: Following the above result we can see that in this example, FX = xn is the cumulative distribution function of the max of n uniform random variables between 0 and 1 (since for U~Unif(0, 1), FU(x) = Method 2: generate X by having a sample of n independent U~Unif(0, 1) and take the max of the n samples to be x. However, the solution given above using inverse-transform method only requires generating one uniform random number instead of n of them, so it is a more efficient method.

    generate the Y = max (X1, X2, ... , Xn), Y = min (X1, X2, ... , Xn), pdf and cdf, but (xi and xj are independent) i,j=1,2,3,4,5.....

    Example 4 (New)
    Let X1,X2 denote the lifetime of two independent particles:
    [math]\, X_1, X_2 \sim exp(\lambda)[/math]

    We are interested in Z=max(X1,X2)
    Design an algorithm based on the Inverse-Transform Method to generate samples according to fZ(z)

    [math]\, F_Z(z)=P[Z\lt =z] = F_{X_1}(z) \cdot F_{X_2}(z) = (1-e^{-\lambda z})^2[/math]
    [math] \text{thus } F^{-1}(z) = -\frac{1}{\lambda}\log(1-\sqrt z)[/math]

    To sample Z:
    [math]\, \text{Step 1: Generate } U \sim U[0,1)[/math]
    [math]\, \text{Step 2: Let } Z = -\frac{1}{\lambda}\log(1-\sqrt U)[/math], therefore we can generate random variable of Z.

    Decomposition Method

    The CDF, F, is a composition if [math]F_{X}(x)[/math] can be written as:

    [math]F_{X}(x) = \sum_{i=1}^{n}p_{i}F_{X_{i}}(x)[/math] where

    1) pi > 0

    2) [math]\sum_{i=1}^{n}[/math]pi = 1.

    3) [math]F_{X_{i}}(x)[/math] is a CDF

    The general algorithm to generate random variables from a composition CDF is:

    1) Generate U, V ~ [math]U(0,1)[/math]

    2) If u < p1, v=[math]F_{X_{1}}(x)[/math]-1

    3) Else if u < p1+p2, v=[math]F_{X_{2}}(x)[/math]-1

    4) ....

    Examples of Decomposition Method

    Example 1
    f(x) = 5/12(1+(x-1)4) 0<=x<=2
    f(x) = 5/12+5/12(x-1))4 = 5/6*(1/2)+1/6*(5/2)(x-1))4
    Let fx1 = 1/2 and fx2 = 5/2(x-1)4

    Algorithm: Generate U~Unif(0,1)
    If 0<u<5/6, then we sample from fx1
    Else if 5/6<u<1, we sample from fx2
    We can find the inverse CDF of fx2 and utilize the Inverse Transform Method in order to sample from fx2
    Sampling from fx1 is more straightforward since it is uniform over the interval (0,2)

    divided f(x) to two pdf of x1 and x2, with uniform distribution, of two range of uniform.

    Example 2
    [math]f(x)=\frac{1}{4}e^{-x}+2x+\frac{1}{12} \quad for \quad 0\leq x \leq 3 [/math]
    We can rewrite f(x) as [math]f(x)=(\frac{1}{4})*e^{-x}+(\frac{2}{4})*4x+(\frac{1}{4})*\frac{1}{3}[/math]
    Let fx1 = [math]e^{-x}[/math], fx2 = 4x, and fx3 = [math]\frac{1}{3}[/math]
    Generate U~Unif(0,1)
    If [math]0\lt u\lt \frac{1}{4}[/math], we sample from fx1

    If [math]\frac{1}{4}\leq u \lt \frac{3}{4}[/math], we sample from fx2

    Else if [math]\frac{3}{4} \leq u \lt 1[/math], we sample from fx3
    We can find the inverse CDFs of fx1 and fx2 and utilize the Inverse Transform Method in order to sample from fx1 and fx2

    We find Fx1 = [math] 1-e^{-x}[/math] and Fx2 = [math]2x^{2}[/math]
    We find the inverses are [math] X = -ln(1-u)[/math] for Fx1 and [math] X = \sqrt{\frac{U}{2}}[/math] for Fx2
    Sampling from fx3 is more straightforward since it is uniform over the interval (0,3)

    In general, to write an efficient algorithm for:
    [math]F_{X}(x) = p_{1}F_{X_{1}}(x) + p_{2}F_{X_{2}}(x) + ... + p_{n}F_{X_{n}}(x)[/math]
    We would first rearrange [math] {p_i} [/math] such that [math] p_i \gt p_j [/math] for [math] i \lt j [/math]

    Then Generate [math] U[/math]~[math]Unif(0,1) [/math]
    If [math] u \lt p_1 [/math] sample from [math] f_1 [/math]
    else if [math] u\lt p_i [/math] sample from [math] f_i [/math] for [math] 1\lt i \lt n [/math]
    else sample from [math] f_n [/math]

    when we divided the pdf of different range of f(x1) f(x2) and f(x3), and generate all of them and inverse, U~U(0,1)

    Example of Decomposition Method

    Fx(x) = 1/3*x+1/3*x2+1/3*x3, 0<= x<=1

    let U =Fx(x) = 1/3*x+1/3*x2+1/3*x3, solve for x.

    P1=1/3, Fx1(x)= x, P2=1/3,Fx2(x)= x2, P3=1/3,Fx3(x)= x3


    Generate U ~ Unif [0,1)

    Generate V~ Unif [0,1)

    if 0<u<1/3, x = v

    else if u<2/3, x = v1/2

    else x = v1/3

    Matlab Code:

    if u<1/3
    elseif u<2/3

    Fundamental Theorem of Simulation

    Consider two shapes, A and B, where B is a sub-shape (subset) of A. We want to sample uniformly from inside the shape B. Then we can sample uniformly inside of A, and throw away all samples outside of B, and this will leave us with a uniform sample from within B. (Basis of the Accept-Reject algorithm)

    The advantage of this method is that we can sample a unknown distribution from a easy distribution. The disadvantage of this method is that it may need to reject many points, which is inefficient.

    inverse each part of partial CDF, the partial CDF is divided by the original CDF, partial range is uniform distribution.

    Practice Example from Lecture 7

    Let X1, X2 denote the lifetime of 2 independent particles, X1 = exp(lambda1), X2 = exp(lambda2)

    We are interested in Y = min(X1, X2)

    Design an algorithm based on the Inverse Method to generate Y

    [math]f_{x_{1}}(x)=\lambda_{1} e^{(-\lambda_{1}x)},x\geq0 \Rightarrow F(x1)=1-e^{(-\lambda_{1}x)}[/math]
    [math]f_{x_{2}}(x)=\lambda_{2} e^{(-\lambda_{2}x)},x\geq0 \Rightarrow F(x2)=1-e^{(-\lambda_{2}x)}[/math]
    [math]then, 1-F(y)=p(min(x_{1},x_{2}) \geq y)=e^{(-(\lambda_{1}+\lambda_{2})y)},F(y)=1-e^{(-(\lambda_{1}+\lambda_{2}) y)}[/math])
    [math]u \sim unif[0,1),u = F(x),\geq y = -1/(\lambda_{1}+\lambda_{2})log(1-u)[/math]

    Question 2

    Use Acceptance and Rejection Method to sample from [math]f_X(x)=b*x^n*(1-x)^n[/math] , [math]n\gt 0[/math], [math]0\lt x\lt 1[/math]

    Solution: This is a beta distribution, Beta ~[math]\int _{0}^{1}b*x^{n}*(1-x)^{n}dx-1[/math]



    fx=[math] bx^{1/2}(1-x)^{1/2} \lt = bx^{-1/2}\sqrt2 ,0\lt =x\lt =1/2 [/math]

    The beta distribution maximized at 0.5 with value [math](1/4)^n[/math]. So, [math]c=b*(1/4)^n[/math] Algorithm: 1.Draw [math]U_1[/math] from [math]U(0, 1)[/math].[math] U_2[/math] from [math]U(0, 1)\lt math\gt 2.If \lt math\gt U_2\lt =b*(U_1)^n*(1-(U_1))^n/b*(1/4)^n=(4*(U_1)*(1-(U_1)))^n[/math]

     then X=U_1
     Else return to step 1.

    Discrete Case: Most discrete random variables do not have a closed form inverse CDF. Also, its CDF [math]F:X \rightarrow [0,1][/math] is not necessarily onto. This means that not every point in the interval [math] [0,1] [/math] has a preimage in the support set of X through the CDF function.

    Let [math]X[/math] be a discrete random variable where [math]a \leq X \leq b[/math] and [math]a,b \in \mathbb{Z}[/math] .
    To sample from [math]X[/math], we use the partition method below:

    [math]\, \text{Step 1: Generate u from } U \sim Unif[0,1][/math]
    [math]\, \text{Step 2: Set } x=a, s=P(X=a)[/math]
    [math]\, \text{Step 3: While } u\gt s, x=x+1, s=s+P(X=x)[/math]
    [math]\, \text{Step 4: Return } x[/math]

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Bernoulli distribution

    The Bernoulli distribution is a special case of the binomial distribution, where n = 1. X ~ B(1, p) has the same meaning as X ~ Bern(p). B(n, p), is the distribution of the sum of n independent Bernoulli trials, Bern(p), each with the same probability p.


    1. Generate u~Unif(0,1) 2. If u < p, then x = u

    The Binomial Distribution

    If X~Bin(n,p), then its pdf is of form: f(x)=(nCx) px(1-p)(n-x), x=0,1,...n

    mean (x) = E(x) = np; variance = np(1-p)

    Generate n uniform random number [math]U_1,...,U_R[/math] and let X be the number of [math]U_i[/math] that are less than or equal to p. The logic behind this algorithm is that the Binomial Distribution is simply a Bernoulli Trial, with a probability of success of p, repeated n times. Thus, we can sample from the distribution by sampling from n Bernoulli. The sum of these n bernoulli trials will represent one binomial sampling. Thus, in the below example, we we are sampling 1000 realizations from 20 Bernoulli random variables. By summing up the rows of the 20 by 1000 matrix that is produced, we are summing up the 20 bernoulli outcomes to produce one binomial sampling. We have 1000 rows, which means we have realizations from 1000 binomial random variables when this sum is done (the output of the sum is a 1 by 1000 sized vector).
    MATLAB tips: to get a pdf f(x), we can use code binornd(N,P). N means number of trails and p is the probability of success. a=[2 3 4],if set a<3, will produce a=[1 0 0]. So we can use it to get the number which is less than or equal p.


    >>a=[3 5 8];
    ans= 1 0 0
    >>A = sum(rand(20,1000)<0.4,1)
    Note: `1` in the above code means sum the matrix by column
    This is an estimate of Pr[X>8].

    The Geometric Distribution

    x=1, f(x)=p x=2, f(x)=p(1-p) x=3, f(x)=p(1-p)^2

    General speaking, if X~G(p) then its pdf is of the form f(x)=(1-p)(x-1)*p, x=1,2,...
    The random variable x is the number of trials required until the first success in a series of independent Bernoulli trials.

    Mean of x = 1/p Var(x) = (1-p)/p^2

    There are two ways to look at a geometric distribution.

    1st Method

    We look at the number of trials before the first success. This includes the last trial in which you succeeded. This will be used in our course.

    pdf is of form f(x)=>(1-p)(x-1)*(p), x = 1, 2, 3, ...

    2nd Method

    This involves modeling the failure before the first success. This does not include the last trial in which we succeeded.

    pdf is of form f(x)=> ((1-p)^x)*p , x = 0, 1, 2, ....

    If Y~Exp(l) then X=floor(Y)+1 is geometric.
    Choose e^(-l)=1-p. Then X ~ geo (p)

    P (X > x) = (1-p)x(because first x trials are not successful)


    P(X>x) = P( floor(Y) + 1 > X) = P(floor (Y) > x- 1) = P(Y>= x) = e(-[math]\lambda[/math] * x)

    SInce p = 1- e-[math]\lambda[/math] or [math]\lambda[/math]= [math]-log(1-p)[/math], then

    P(X>x) = e(-[math]\lambda[/math] * x) = elog(1-p)*x = (1-p)x

    1) Let [math]\lambda = -\log (1-p) [/math]
    2) Generate a [math]Y \sim Exp(\lambda )[/math]
    3) We can then let [math]X = \left \lfloor Y \right \rfloor + 1, where X\sim Geo(p)[/math]
    note: [math]\left \lfloor Y \right \rfloor \gt 2 -\gt Y\gt =3[/math]

            [math] \left \lfloor Y \right \rfloor \gt 5        -\gt      Y\gt =6[/math]

    [math]\left \lfloor Y \right \rfloor\gt x [/math] -> Y>= X+1

    Y ~ Exp ([math]\lambda[/math])
    pdf of Y : [math]-\lambda e^-\lambda[/math]
    cdf of Y : [math]1-\lambda e^-\lambda[/math]
    cdf [math]P(Y\lt x)=1-\lambda e^-\lambda[/math]
    [math]P(Y\gt =x)=1-(1-\lambda e^-\lambda)=e^-\lambda x[/math]
    [math] e^-\lambda=1-p -\gt -log(1-p)=\lambda[/math]
    [math]P(Y\gt =x)=e^-\lambda x=e^log(1-p)x=(1-p)^x[/math]
    [math]E[x]=1/P [/math]
    [math]Var= (1-P)/(P^2)[/math]


    mean(x)~E[X]=> 1/p
    Var(x)~V[X]=> (1-p)/p^2

    Poisson Distribution

    A poison random variable X can be interpreted as the maximal number of i.i.d. exponential variables(with parameter) whose sum does not exceed 1.

    The traditional understanding of the Poisson distribution as the total number of events in a specific interval can be understood here since the above definition simply describes the Poisson as the sum of waiting times for n events in an interval of length 1.

    i.e. X=max{n:sum from i=1 to n, Yi<=1}


    if x~poi(lambda), its pdf is of form

    f(n) = e^(-/lambda)*(lambda)^n/n!, where lambda is the rate parameter

    1) Set n=1, a=1
    2) Generate [math]U_n \sim U(0,1), a=aU_n [/math]
    3) If [math]a \gt = e^\lambda [/math] , then n=n+1, and go to Step 2. Else, x=n-1

    MATLAB Code for generating Poisson Distribution


    for ii=1:1000





    while a>exp(-l)








    Probability of x=1


    Probability of x > 3

    EXAMPLE for geometric distribution: Consider that case of roll a die:

    X=the number of time that takes the number 5 to appear.

    We have X ~geo(1/5), f(x)=(1/5)*(5/6)^(x-1), x=1,2,3....

    Now, let Y=exp(lambda) => x=floor(Y) +1

    Let e^(-lambda)=5/6

    P(X>x) = P(Y>=x) (from the class nte)

    We have e^(-lamnda *x) = (5/6)^x

    Algorithm: let lambda = -ln(5/6)

    1) Let Y be exp(lambda), exponentially distributed

    2) Set X= floor(Y)+1, to generate X

    E[x]=6, V[X]=5/6 /(1/6^2) = 30


    Property of negative binomial Random Variable:

    The negative binomial rv is a sum of r independent geometric rv.

    Using this property we can formulate the following algorithm:

    step 1: Generate r geometric rv's each with probability p using the procedure presented above.
    step 2: Take the sum of these r geometric rv's. This RV follows NB(r,p)

    Another way to generate random variable from poisson distribution

    Note: P(X=x)=exp(-lamda)*lambda^x/x!

        P(X=x+1)= exp(-lamda)*lambda^(x+1)/(x+1)! 
    The ratio is: p(x+1)/p(x)=lambda/(x+1)

    Therefore, [math]p(x+1)=lambda/(x+1)*p(x)[/math]
    1. Set x=0
    2. [math]F=P(X=0)=exp(-\lambda)[/math]
    3. Generate U~Unif(0,1)
    If U<F, output x
    Else if

    x= x+1

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