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Multivariate distributions introduction

Multivariate distributions describe several parameters whose values are probabilistically linked in some way. In most cases, we create the probabilistic links via one of several correlation methods. However, there are a few specific multivariate distributions that have specific, very useful purposes and are therefore worth studying more.

Multivariate distributions are inserted in the spreadsheet as array functions. For example, to insert random values from a Dirichlet distribution in the spreadsheet:

  • Select 3 spreadsheet cells.

  • Type =VoseDirichlet({1,2,3}) in the formula bar


  • Now the function is inserted as array function over the 3 selected cells (inserted by the {} around the formula) which now contain randomly sampled values from the Dirichlet distribution.

The multivariate distributions available in ModelRisk are: