# ultimate R recursion

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**O**ne of my students wrote the following code for his R exam, trying to do accept-reject simulation (of a Rayleigh distribution) and constant approximation at the same time:

fAR1=function(n){ u=runif(n) x=rexp(n) f=(C*(x)*exp(-2*x^2/3)) g=dexp(n,1) test=(uwhich I find remarkable if alas doomed to fail! I wonder if there exists a (real as opposed to fantasy) computer language where you could introduce constants C and only define them later… (What’s rather sad is that I keep insisting on the fact that accept-reject does not need the constant C to operate. And that I found the same mistake in several of the students’ code. There is a further mistake in the above code when defining

g. I also wonder where the3came from…)Filed under: Books, R, Statistics, University life Tagged: accept-reject algorithm, computer language, exam, Monte Carlo methods, normalising constant, R, recursion

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