Normal {stats} R Documentation

## The Normal Distribution

### Description

Density, distribution function, quantile function and random generation for the normal distribution with mean equal to `mean` and standard deviation equal to `sd`.

### Usage

```dnorm(x, mean=0, sd=1, log = FALSE)
pnorm(q, mean=0, sd=1, lower.tail = TRUE, log.p = FALSE)
qnorm(p, mean=0, sd=1, lower.tail = TRUE, log.p = FALSE)
rnorm(n, mean=0, sd=1)
```

### Arguments

 `x,q` vector of quantiles. `p` vector of probabilities. `n` number of observations. If `length(n) > 1`, the length is taken to be the number required. `mean` vector of means. `sd` vector of standard deviations. `log, log.p` logical; if TRUE, probabilities p are given as log(p). `lower.tail` logical; if TRUE (default), probabilities are P[X <= x], otherwise, P[X > x].

### Details

If `mean` or `sd` are not specified they assume the default values of `0` and `1`, respectively.

The normal distribution has density

f(x) = 1/(sqrt(2 pi) sigma) e^-((x - mu)^2/(2 sigma^2))

where mu is the mean of the distribution and sigma the standard deviation.

`qnorm` is based on Wichura's algorithm AS 241 which provides precise results up to about 16 digits.

### Value

`dnorm` gives the density, `pnorm` gives the distribution function, `qnorm` gives the quantile function, and `rnorm` generates random deviates.

### References

Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

Wichura, M. J. (1988) Algorithm AS 241: The Percentage Points of the Normal Distribution. Applied Statistics, 37, 477–484.

`runif` and `.Random.seed` about random number generation, and `dlnorm` for the Lognormal distribution.

### Examples

```dnorm(0) == 1/ sqrt(2*pi)
dnorm(1) == exp(-1/2)/ sqrt(2*pi)
dnorm(1) == 1/ sqrt(2*pi*exp(1))

## Using "log = TRUE" for an extended range :
par(mfrow=c(2,1))
plot(function(x)dnorm(x, log=TRUE), -60, 50, main = "log { Normal density }")