Return a pseudo-Gaussian deviate of zero mean and unit variance.


rg = RandomGaussian (seed)


rg : output, real*8
The radom Gaussian deviate.
seed : input/output, integer
Input a negative integer to (re-)initialize the random number generator. Afterwards, this argument should not be modified.


RandomGaussian will return a Gaussian random deviate with unit variance and zero mean. The underlying random number generator uses the algorithm of Park and Miller combined with a Marsaglia shift sequence, which is claimed to have a periodicity of about 3.1 10^18. The random number generator is intialized by calling with a negative value of seed, and afterwards, this variable should not be modified. To obtain a Gaussian deviate with a standard deviation of sigma, it is only necessary to multiply the unit variance deviate by sigma.

This is a slightly modified version of the algorithm that was published in NUMERICAL RECIPES as GASDEV.


Press, W.H., S.A. Teukolsky, W.T. Vetterling, and B.P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes in FORTRAN: The Art of Scientific Computing, 2nd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1992.

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