RVGEN: a tool for generation of random variates

RVGEN: a tool for generation of random variates,10.1007/s003789900002,Software - Concepts and Tools / Structured Programming,Rajesh K. Mansharamani,Pr

RVGEN: a tool for generation of random variates  
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A number of applications in simulation and software testing require random number generation, both uniform and non-uniform. Although libraries are available for random number generation, there is no user-friendly tool to enable the user to use and build random number generators. This paper presents the RVGEN tool, developed at TRDDC. Using the tool, the software developer can design a random number generator specific to a particular pattern. The tool takes specifications at a high level and also partly in C++, and generates C++ code for a number of user-friendly functions. These include setting and getting of random variate parameters, GUIs for inputting parameters, validation of parameters, parameter input and output from a file, generation of random variate class declarations, generation of seeds for multiple streams, and testing of the random variate generator. The tool provides a number of classical, general-purpose and empiric distributions by default.
Journal: Software - Concepts and Tools / Structured Programming - STP , vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 161-167, 2000
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