Originally Posted by

**oldfold**
Hello, I'm fairly new to programming and I have an upcoming due date for an assignment. I'm implementing a recursion based on normal (or Gaussian) variables. R is very useful here because it has a built-in function for generating normal distributions. The problem is, R seems to be way more difficult to work with than Mathematica (and there are fewer resources available), so I'd really rather do this in Mathematica. The trade-off is that in Mathematica I'd have to construct my own normal variables from scratch.

Is there any simple way for me to just generate a list of 500 normally distributed numbers and then just "copy and paste" this into Mathematica? Ideally I'd like to end up in Mathematica with 5 sets of 500 normally distributed numbers with each of the sets indexed by u_1, u_2, ..., u_500.