Simulation of a Poisson Process

POISSON_SIMULATION is a C++ program which simulates a Poisson process in which events occur uniformly at random, with an average waiting time of Lambda, creating output for graphics by gnuplot.

Note that the Poisson distribution therefore also describes the distribution of distances from one point to the next, assuming the points are distributed uniformly at random along a line, with average density Lambda per unit length.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


POISSON_SIMULATION is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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Examples and Tests:

The calling program creates data and command files which can be used by GNUPLOT to create images.

List of Routines:

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Last revised on 27 September 2012.