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Note:  before using this routine, please read the Users' Note for your implementation to check the interpretation of bold italicised terms and other implementation-dependent details.

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    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

G05TGF generates a sequence of n variates, each consisting of k pseudorandom integers, from the discrete multinomial distribution with k outcomes and m trials, where the outcomes have probabilities p1,p2,,pk respectively.

2  Specification

REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  P(K), R(LR)

3  Description

G05TGF generates a sequence of n groups of k integers xi,j, for j=1,2,,k and i=1,2,,n, from a multinomial distribution with m trials and k outcomes, where the probability of xi,j=Ij for each j=1,2,,k is
Pi1=I1,,ik=Ik= m! j=1k Ij! j=1k pjIj= m! I1!I2!Ik! p1I1p2I2pkIk,
j= 1k pj= 1  and   j= 1k Ij=m.
A single trial can have several outcomes (k) and the probability of achieving each outcome is known (pj). After m trials each outcome will have occurred a certain number of times. The k numbers representing the numbers of occurrences for each outcome after m trials is then a single sample from the multinomial distribution defined by the parameters k, m and pj, for j=1,2,,k. This routine returns n such samples.
When k=2 this distribution is equivalent to the binomial distribution with parameters m and p=p1 (see G05TAF).
The variates can be generated with or without using a search table and index. If a search table is used then it is stored with the index in a reference vector and subsequent calls to G05TGF with the same parameter values can then use this reference vector to generate further variates. The reference array is generated only for the outcome with greatest probability. The number of successes for the outcome with greatest probability is calculated first as for the binomial distribution (see G05TAF); the number of successes for other outcomes are calculated in turn for the remaining reduced multinomial distribution; the number of successes for the final outcome is simply calculated to ensure that the total number of successes is m.
One of the initialization routines G05KFF (for a repeatable sequence if computed sequentially) or G05KGF (for a non-repeatable sequence) must be called prior to the first call to G05TGF.

4  References

Knuth D E (1981) The Art of Computer Programming (Volume 2) (2nd Edition) Addison–Wesley

5  Parameters

1:     MODE – INTEGERInput
On entry: a code for selecting the operation to be performed by the routine.
Set up reference vector only.
Generate variates using reference vector set up in a prior call to G05TGF.
Set up reference vector and generate variates.
Generate variates without using the reference vector.
Constraint: MODE=0, 1, 2 or 3.
2:     N – INTEGERInput
On entry: n, the number of pseudorandom numbers to be generated.
Constraint: N0.
3:     M – INTEGERInput
On entry: m, the number of trials of the multinomial distribution.
Constraint: M0.
4:     K – INTEGERInput
On entry: k, the number of possible outcomes of the multinomial distribution.
Constraint: K2.
5:     P(K) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: contains the probabilities pj, for j=1,2,,k, of the k possible outcomes of the multinomial distribution.
Constraint: 0.0Pj1.0 and j=1kPj=1.0.
6:     R(LR) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayCommunication Array
On entry: if MODE=1, the reference vector from the previous call to G05TGF.
If MODE=3, R is not referenced by G05TGF.
On exit: the reference vector.
7:     LR – INTEGERInput
Note: for convenience p_max will be used here to denote the expression p_max=maxjPj.
On entry: the dimension of the array R as declared in the (sub)program from which G05TGF is called.
Suggested values:
  • if MODE3, LR=30+20×M×p_max×1-p_max;
  • otherwise LR=1.
  • if MODE=0 or 2,
    LR > minM,INT M×p_max+7.25 × M× p_max×1-p_max +8.5 - max0,INT M×p_max-7.25 × M×p_max× 1-p_max +9 ;
  • if MODE=1, LR must remain unchanged from the previous call to G05TGF.
8:     STATE(*) – INTEGER arrayCommunication Array
Note: the actual argument supplied must be the array STATE supplied to the initialization routines G05KFF or G05KGF.
On entry: contains information on the selected base generator and its current state.
On exit: contains updated information on the state of the generator.
9:     X(LDX,K) – INTEGER arrayOutput
On exit: the first n rows of Xij each contain k pseudorandom numbers representing a k-dimensional variate from the specified multinomial distribution.
10:   LDX – INTEGERInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array X as declared in the (sub)program from which G05TGF is called.
Constraint: LDXN.
11:   IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
On entry: IFAIL must be set to 0, -1​ or ​1. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to Section 3.3 in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value -1​ or ​1 is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is 0. When the value -1​ or ​1 is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit: IFAIL=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry IFAIL=0 or -1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, MODE0, 1, 2 or 3.
On entry, N<0.
On entry, M<0.
On entry, K<2.
On entry, Pj<0.0 or Pj>1.0 for at least one value of j.
The probabilities Pj, for j=1,2,,K, do not add up to 1.
The maximum value of Pj, for j=1,2,,K, or M is not the same as when R was set up in a previous call to G05TGF with MODE=0 or 2.
On entry, the R vector was not initialized correctly, or has been corrupted.
On entry, LR is too small when MODE=0 or 2.
On entry,STATE vector was not initialized or has been corrupted.
On entry, LDX<N.

7  Accuracy

Not applicable.

8  Further Comments

The reference vector for only one outcome can be set up because the conditional distributions cannot be known in advance of the generation of variates. The outcome with greatest probability of success is chosen for the reference vector because it will have the greatest spread of likely values.

9  Example

This example prints 20 pseudorandom k-dimensional variates from a multinomial distribution with k=4, m=6000, p1=0.08, p2=0.1, p3=0.8 and p4=0.02, generated by a single call to G05TGF, after initialization by G05KFF.

9.1  Program Text

Program Text (g05tgfe.f90)

9.2  Program Data

Program Data (g05tgfe.d)

9.3  Program Results

Program Results (g05tgfe.r)

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