A Short Note on the Numerical Approximation of the Standard Normal Cumulative Distribution and Its Inverse
We provide computer codes in ANSI-C and Python for a fast and accurate computation of the cumulative distribution function (cdf) of the standard normal distribution and the inverse cdf of the same function. For the cdf we use the 5th order Gauss-Legendre quadrature which gives more accurate results compared to Excel and Matlab. The Inverse cdf is computed using rational fraction approximations and gives a result that is seven-decimal place accurate.
|Date of creation:||27 Dec 2002|
|Date of revision:||07 Mar 2003|
|Note:||Type of Document - ; pages: 13 ; figures: included. cdf.c : Is ANSI-C code to compute the cdf of standard normal dist. using a composite fifth-order Gauss-Legendre quadrature cdf-GL.py : same as cdf.c except the code is written in Python cdf.py : Python code to compute the cdf using rational fraction approximations invcdf.py : Python code to compute the inverse cdf using rational fraction approximations. ftp://wueconb.wustl.edu/econ-wp/prog/papers/0212/0212001.zip|
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