Generate samples of random data from a distribution

In the Generate Random Data dialog box, specify the amount of data to generate, the distribution, and the parameters for the distribution.

Enter the number of columns and rows

Complete the following steps to specify how much random data you want Minitab to generate.

  1. In Number of columns to generate, enter a value between 1 and 100.
  2. In Number of rows in each column, enter the number of data values to generate in each column.

Select a data distribution

From Distribution, select a data distribution and enter the parameters. For information about the distributions and their parameters, go to Select a data distribution and enter parameters for Generate Random Data.

Set the base for the random number generator

(Optional) In Base for random number generator, you can specify the starting point for the random number generator by entering an integer that is greater than or equal to 1. When you use the same base number, you get the same sample.

For example, a professor generates 50 rows of random normal data for use in a classroom exercise. The professor and students each set the base to 1 to generate the same data and thus, the same analysis results.

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