On the generalized ratio of uniforms as a combination of transformed rejection and extended inverse of density sampling Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2012

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 63

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • WWWW-0074


  • In this work we investigate the relationship among three classical sampling techniques: the inverse of density (Khintchine's theorem), the transformed rejection (TR) and the generalized ratio of uniforms (GRoU). Given a monotonic probability density function (PDF), we show that the transformed area obtained using the generalized ratio of uniforms method can be found equivalently by applying the transformed rejection sampling approach to the inverse function of the target density. Then we provide an extension of the classical inverse of density idea, showing that it is completely equivalent to the GRoU method for monotonic densities. Although we concentrate on monotonic probability density functions (PDFs), we also discuss how the results presented here can be extended to any non-monotonic PDF that can be decomposed into a collection of intervals where it is monotonically increasing or decreasing. In this general case, we show the connections with transformations of certain random variables and the generalized inverse PDF with the GRoU technique. Finally, we also introduce a GRoU technique to handle unbounded target densities.


  • transformed rejection sampling; inverse of density method; khintchine's theorem; generalized ratio of uniforms technique; vertical density representation