MATLAB Answers

How can we create two vectors have normally distributed random entries with zero mean?

2 views (last 30 days)
Omar B.
Omar B. on 8 Sep 2019
Edited: Omar B. on 12 Sep 2019
How can we create two vectors have normally distributed random entries with zero mean , and they are scaled so that in Matlab.

More Answers (1)

dpb
dpb on 8 Sep 2019
>> uv=randn(1000,2);
>> uv=uv/sqrt(sum(uv(:,1).*uv(:,2)));
>> uv(:,1).'*uv(:,2)
ans =
1.0000
>> mean(uv)
ans =
0.0025 0.0091
>>
  4 Comments
John D'Errico
John D'Errico on 8 Sep 2019
Normally distributed, with zero mean. You don't say if the sample mean should be zero, or the population mean zero. Normal samples from randn have a zero popiulation mean. But the sample mean just has an expected value of zero. A subtle difference that few people seem to appreciate when they lack the proper background.
Anyway, it is easy enough to scale them so the dot product is also 1. I could keep them as separate vectors, since that seems to have confused you, but you need to LEARN TO USE MATRICES.
uv = randn(1000,2);
dp = uv(:,1)' * uv(:,2);
uv = uv/sqrt(abs(dp));
if dp < 0
uv(:,1) = -uv(:,1);
end
As you can see, the dot product is 1. Note that the code I gave you will not end up 50% of the time with an imaginary square root.
uv(:,1)'*uv(:,2)
ans =
1
mean(uv)
ans =
-0.00248985528111534 -0.00172138844051432
The sample means are not identically zero, but you were not specific there, and that is simply repaired.
Do you really think you need disrinctly named vectors? LEARN TO USE MATLAB! The mat in MATLAB stand for matrix.
u = uv(:,1);
v = uv(:,2);

Sign in to comment.

Tags

Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!