Generate R.V.

An important Lemma.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, the algorithms and the corresponding screenshots are adopted from Robert and Casella (2005).

Box-Muller Algorithm

function boxmuller()
x = ones(2)
u = rand(2)
logu = sqrt(-2*log(u))
x = logu * cos(2*pi*u)
x = logu * sin(2*pi*u)
return(x)
end
## example
boxmuller()

Accept-Reject Method

Example:

$f(x)\propto \exp(-x^2/2)(\sin(6x)^2+3\cos(x)^2\sin(4x)^2+1)$

The Julia code is as follows:

function AccRej(f::Function, M)
## use normal distribution N(0, 1) as sampling function g
while true
x = randn()
u = rand()
cutpoint = f(x)/(M*g(x))
if u <= cutpoint
return([x, f(x)])
end
end
end
## density function of N(0, 1)
function g(x)
return(exp(-0.5*x^2)/sqrt(2*pi))
end
## example function and ignore the normalized constant
function f(x)
return(exp(-x^2/2)*(sin(6*x)^2 + 3*cos(x)^2*sin(4*x)^2 + 1))
end
## example
N = 500;
data = ones(N, 2);
for i = 1:500
data[i,:] = AccRej(f, sqrt(2*pi)*5)
end

Envelope Accept-Reject

It is easy to write the Julia code:

function EnvAccRej(f::function, M, gl::function)
while true
x = randn() # still assume gm is N(0,1)
u = rand()
cutpoint1 = gl(x)/(M*g(x))
cutpoint2 = f(x)/(M*g(x))
if u <= cutpoint1
return(x)
elseif u <= cutpoint2
return(x)
end
end
end

Atkinson's Poisson Simulation

It is necessary to note that the parameters in the algorithm are not same with those in the density function. In other words, the corresponding density function of the algorithm should be

$f(x) = \beta \frac{\exp(\alpha-\beta x)}{[1+\exp(\alpha-\beta x)]^2}.$

The following Julia code can generate the poisson random variable with respect to $\lambda$.

function AtkinsonPois(lambda)
# parameters
beta = pi/sqrt(3*lambda)
alpha = lambda*beta
c = 0.767 - 3.36/lambda
k = log(c) - lambda - log(beta)
# step 1: propose new x
u1 = rand()
while true
global x
x = (alpha - log((1-u1)/u1))/beta
x > -0.5 && break
end
while true
# step 2: transform to N
N = floor(Int, x)
u2 = rand()
# step 3: accept or not
lhs = alpha - beta*x + log(u2/(1+exp(alpha-beta*x))^2)
rhs = k + N*log(lambda) - log(factorial(lambda))
if lhs <= rhs
return(N)
end
end
end
## example
N = 100;
res = ones(Int, N);
for i = 1:N
res[i] = AtkinsonPois(10)
end
# ans: 8 9 13 10 12 .......

As mentioned in the above exercise, another poisson generation method can be derived from the following exercise.

We can write the following Julia code to implement this generation procedure.

function SimplePois(lambda)
s = 0
k = 0
while true
u = rand()
x = -log(u)/lambda
s = s + x
if s > 1
return(k)
end
k = k + 1
end
end
## example for simple poisson
res2 = ones(Int, N);
for i = 1:N
res2[i] = SimplePois(10)
end
# ans: 5 7 16 7 10 .......

ARS Algorithm

ARS is based on the construction of an envelope and the derivation of a corresponding Accept-Reject algorithm. It provides a sequential evaluation of lower and upper envelopes of the density $f$ when $h=\log f$ is concave.

Let be a set of points $x_i,i=0,1,\ldots,n+1$, in the support of $f$ such that $h(x_i)=\log f(x_i)$ is known up to the same constant. Given the concavity of $h$, the line $L_{i,i+1}$ through $(x_i,h(x_i))$ and $(x_{i+1},h(x_{i+1}))$ is below the graph of $h$ in $[x_i,x_{i+1}]$ and is above this graph outside this interval.

For $x\in [x_i,x_{i+1}]$, define

$\bar h_n(x)=\min\{L_{i-1,i}(x),L_{i+1,i+2}(x)\}\quad\text{and}\quad \underline h_n(x)=L_{i,i+1}(x)\,,$

the envelopes are

$\underline h_n(x)\le h(x)\le \bar h_n(x)$

uniformly on the support of $f$. Thus,

$\exp \underline h_n(x) = \underline f_n(x) \le f(x)\le \bar f_n(x)=\exp\bar h_n(x) = \bar w_ng_n(x)\,.$

Davison (2008) provides another version of ARS

and gives an illustration example.

Let's consider the slightly simple verison in which we do not need to consider $h_-(y)$. It is obvious that

Consider the CDF of $g_+=\exp(h_+)$:

\begin{aligned} G_+(y) & = \int_{-\infty}^y \exp(h_+(x)) dx \\ & = \int_{-\infty}^{\min\{z_1,y\}} \exp(h_+(x)) dx \\ & \qquad + \int_{z_1}^{\min\{z_2,\max\{y, z_1\}\}} \exp(h_+(x)) dx \\ & \qquad + \cdots \\ & \qquad + \int_{z_{k-1}}^{\min\{z_k,\max\{y, z_{k-1}\}\}} \exp(h_+(x)) dx \\ & \qquad + \int_{z_k}^{\max\{z_k,y\}} \exp(h_+(x)) dx \end{aligned}

and

$\int_{z_{j}}^{z_{j+1}}\exp(h_+(x))dx = \exp({h(y_{j+1})})\cdot \frac{1}{h'(y_{j+1})}\exp((y-y_{j+1})h'(y_{j+1}))\mid_{z_j}^{z_{j+1}},\; j=1,\ldots,k-1$

Then use the inverse of $G_+(y)$ to sample random variable whose density function is $g_+(x)$. So we can use the following Julia program to sample from $g_+(x)$.

# example 3.22 in Davison(2008)
r = 2; m = 10; mu = 0; sig2 = 1;
# range of y
yl = -2; yu = 2;
# function of h
function h(y)
return(r * y - m * log(1 + exp(y)) - (y - mu)^2 / (2 * sig2))
end
function h(y::Array)
return(r * y - m * log.(1 .+ exp.(y)) .- (y .- mu) .^2 ./ (2 * sig2))
end
# derivative of h
function dh(y)
return(r - m * exp(y) / (1 + exp(y)) - (y - mu) / sig2)
end
function dh(y::Array)
return(r .- m * exp.(y) ./ (1 .+ exp.(y)) .- (y .- mu)./sig2)
end
# intersection point
function zfix(yfixed::Array)
yf0 = yfixed[1:end-1]
yf1 = yfixed[2:end]
zfixed = yf0 .+ (h(yf0) .- h(yf1) .+ (yf1 .- yf0) .* dh(yf1)) ./ (dh(yf1) .- dh(yf0))
return(zfixed)
end
# evaluate log-density (not necessary)
function hplus(y::Float64, yfixed::Array)
zfixed = zfix(yfixed)
n = size(zfixed, 1)
for i = 1:n
if i == 1 && y < zfixed[i]
return(h(yfixed[i]) + (y - yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i]))
elseif i < n && y >= zfixed[i] && y < zfixed[i+1]
return(h(yfixed[i+1]) + (y - yfixed[i+1]) * dh(yfixed[i+1]))
elseif i == n && y >= zfixed[n]
return(h(yfixed[i]) + (y - yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i]))
end
end
end
# calculate G_+(z_i)
function gplus_cdf(yfixed::Array, zfixed::Array)
n = size(zfixed, 1)
s = zeros(n+1)
pr = zeros(n+1)
for i = 1:(n+1)
## integral from -infty to zi
if i == 1
# s[i] = exp(h(yfixed[i])) / dh(yfixed[i]) * (exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])) - )
s[i] = exp(h(yfixed[i])) / dh(yfixed[i]) * (exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])) - exp((yl-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])))
elseif i == n+1
s[i] = exp(h(yfixed[i])) / dh(yfixed[i]) * (exp((yu-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])) - exp((zfixed[n]-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])))
else
s[i] = exp(h(yfixed[i])) / dh(yfixed[i]) * (exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])) - exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i]) * dh(yfixed[i])))
end
end
pr = s / sum(s)
return cumsum(pr), sum(s)
end
# sample from gplus density
function gplus_sample(yfixed)
zfixed = zfix(yfixed)
gp = gplus_cdf(yfixed, zfixed)
zpr = gp
norm_const = gp
n = size(zfixed, 1)
u = rand()
# Invert the gplus pdf
for i = 1:n
if i == 1 && u < zpr[i]
ey = u * dh(yfixed[i]) * norm_const / exp(h(yfixed[i])) + exp((yl-yfixed[i])*dh(yfixed[i]))
return(yfixed[i] + log(ey)/dh(yfixed[i]))
elseif i == n && u >= zpr[i]
ey = (u - zpr[i]) * dh(yfixed[i+1]) * norm_const / exp(h(yfixed[i+1])) + exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i+1])*dh(yfixed[i+1]))
return(yfixed[i+1] + log(ey)/dh(yfixed[i+1]))
elseif i < n && u >= zpr[i] && u < zpr[i+1]
ey = (u - zpr[i]) * dh(yfixed[i+1]) * norm_const / exp(h(yfixed[i+1])) + exp((zfixed[i]-yfixed[i+1])*dh(yfixed[i+1]))
return(yfixed[i+1] + log(ey)/dh(yfixed[i+1]))
end
end
end

Back to the main sampling algorithm, we can implement the procedure as follows:

## adaptive rejection sampling
function ars(yfixed::Array)
x = gplus_sample(yfixed)
u = rand()
if u <= exp(h(x)-hplus(x, yfixed))
return(x)
else
return(ars(append!(yfixed, x)))
end
end
## example
N = 100
res = ones(N);
for i = 1:N
res[i] = ars([-1.8,-1.1,-0.5,-0.2])
end

Based on the ARS algorithm, we can also get the Supplemental ARS algorithm: