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Uniform Random Number Generation in R

Steven Sanderson digs into the uniform distribution:

Randomness is an essential part of many statistical and machine learning tasks. In R, there are a number of functions that can be used to generate random numbers, but the runif() function is the most commonly used.

Something mildly embarrassing for me is that it took me a while to figure out why they call the command runif(). That’s because, at first, I didn’t pronounce it r unif but rather run if.

In reality, *unif() means “uniform distribution” and r stands for “random number.” There are several other functions based on the uniform distribution and Steven looks at those as well in this post.