# R’s Normal Distribution Functions: rnorm and pals

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The `rnorm()` function in R is a convenient way to simulate values from the normal distribution, characterized by a given mean and standard deviation. I hadn’t previously used the associated commands `dnorm()` (normal density function), `pnorm()` (cumulative distribution function), and `qnorm()` (quantile function) before– so I made a simple demo. The `*norm` functions generate results based on a well-behaved normal distribution, while the corresponding functions `density()`, `ecdf()`, and `quantile()` compute empirical values. The following example could be extended to graphically describe departures from normality (or some other distribution– see `rt(), runif(), rcauchy()` etc.) in a data set.

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