, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 521–532 | Cite as

A method for simulating non-normal distributions

  • Allen I. Fleishman


A method of introducing a controlled degree of skew and kurtosis for Monte Carlo studies was derived. The form of such a transformation on normal deviates [XN(0, 1)] isY =a +bX +cX2 +dX3. Analytic and empirical validation of the method is demonstrated.

Key words

computer simulation departures from normality kurtosis Monte Carlo study skew 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen I. Fleishman
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  1. 1.Department of Managerial ScienceStevens Institute of Science, Castle Point StationHoboken

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