This macro generates a number from a normal distribution with the mean from one column and standard deviation from a second column, row by row.

Download the Macro

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Required Inputs

  • A column of mean values
  • A column of corresponding standard deviation values
  • An empty column to store the results

Running the Macro

Suppose the means are in C1, the standard deviations are in C2, and you want the results stored in C3. To run the macro, choose Edit > Command Line Editor and type:


Click Submit Commands.

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