# Generate Random Normally Distributed Data

Generate Random Normally Distributed Data##
Minitab^{®}
– Procedure

Minitab can be used to generate random data. In this example, we use Minitab to create a random set of data that is normally distributed.

- Select
**Calc**>>**Random Data**>>**Normal****...** - In the box labeled
**Generate ... rows of data**, type in the number of rows of data that you would like to generate. - In the box labeled
**Store in Column(s):**, enter the column name(s) where you want Minitab to store the data. - In the boxes labeled
**Mean:**and**Standard deviation:**type in the mean and standard deviation of your desired normal distribution. The default is the standard normal distribution with mean = 0 and standard deviation = 1. - Select
**OK**. The new data will appear in the worksheet window.

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Example

First, generate a column of 200 random numbers from a standard normal distribution with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1. Then, generate 20 more columns, each containing 200 random numbers from a standard normal distribution with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.

## Minitab Dialog Boxes

First option - one column**:**

Second method - multiple columns:

### Resulting Minitab Worksheet

Based on the first dialog box above, one column (C1) of (standard) normally distributed data appears in the worksheet:

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Results based on specifying 20 columns (C1-C20) of (standard) normally distributed data as it will appear in the worksheet: