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    Users uniformly distributed

    Hello everyone,
    I read today that in a 200km*200km area 1000 users are uniformly distributed.
    I checked the picture and it seems that the users are randomly placed, thus I though that this text discusses about uniform distribution.

    If you knew the average and standard deviation of this uniform distribution what would you do next to place the users at the area?

    I know what a uniform distribution is but I am not sure how to apply it to place users in an area.

    Can you help me find this missing piece of the puzzle?

    I would like to thank everyone in advance.

    Best Regards
    Alex
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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I read today that in a 200km*200km area 1000 users are uniformly distributed.
    I checked the picture and it seems that the users are randomly placed, thus I though that this text discusses about uniform distribution.

    If you knew the average and standard deviation of this uniform distribution what would you do next to place the users at the area?

    I know what a uniform distribution is but I am not sure how to apply it to place users in an area.

    Can you help me find this missing piece of the puzzle?

    I would like to thank everyone in advance.

    Best Regards
    Alex
    Your question is unclear. What do you mean by "how to apply it to place users in an area"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    Your question is unclear. What do you mean by "how to apply it to place users in an area"?
    I have a 100*100 km map and I would like to place randomly some users. Users are denoted by their x and y coordinates. I thought that I should uniformly distribute the x users and randomly the y users too.

    What do you think?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help
    Best Regards
    Alex
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    Throw darts?

    If this is a practical question, just generate 100 X-Y coordinate pairs using your favorite uniform random number generator. In Excel, it's the rand() function and you multiply it 100 to get them from the uniform(0, 100). Two columns of those will get you your coordinates.

    If you wanted to do this without a computer, you would need to be able to observe some random process in nature that follows a uniform distribution. The way people actually generate random numbers is either using a pseudo-random number generator on a computer or observing actual random processes (e.g. small fluctuations in temperature) using hardware.
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