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Message Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 @ 11:22:28 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Random Sampling
From:   Mansfield, John

Hi Ray

I guess for a 'Truly Random' sample, you would need to connect your teradata to a truly random analogue device, like a roulette wheel or a lotto machine. Pedantics aside, the only facilities in v2r4 for this are RANDOM and SAMPLE. Random can always be statistically tested, (See Knuth - Seminumerical Algorithms), but this wouldn't answer any questions as to whether the method was sound. It would be nice to have a better description of how the sequence works, is seeded etc. in the documentation. As to the statistical tests, I have performed a few on modest sized runs on ours and found it to be adequate (i.e. it doesn't fail any chi-square frequency tests on samples of up to about size 10000 that I have tested it on)



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