, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 465–471

Simulating multivariate nonnormal distributions

  • C. David Vale
  • Vincent A. Maurelli
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DOI: 10.1007/BF02293687

Cite this article as:
Vale, C.D. & Maurelli, V.A. Psychometrika (1983) 48: 465. doi:10.1007/BF02293687


A method for generating multivariate nonnormal distributions with specified intercorrelations and marginal means, variances, skews, and kurtoses is proposed. As an example, the method is applied to the generation of simulated scores on three psychological tests administered to a single group of individuals.

Key words

random numbersrandom number generation

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© The Psychometric Society 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. David Vale
    • 1
  • Vincent A. Maurelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Assessment Systems CorporationSt. Paul