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Re: Random[BinomialDistribution[..]] wrong ?

In article <3olugl$ql4 at>,
   bzbkowal at ZIB-Berlin.DE (Axel Kowald) wrote:
->I'm using Mathematica 2.2 on a Macintosh and I got a problem generating 
->distributed random numbers.
->I have:
->Out-> {998486, 998486, 998486, 998486, 998486}
->Not only that the random numbers are all the same, most importantly they 
are in a 
->completely wrong range. One should get something around 10000 !
->The problem seems to be 10^6, if I use something smaller, like 10000, 
everything works
->fine. Furthermore the problem seems to be in the Random[] function since
->PDF[BinomialDistribution[10^6,0.01],n] works okay (but takes a long 
->Any comments, hints, solutions ?

I pasted your input statements into version 2.2.2 for Windows and got 
something different (and a lot more reasonable):

  {9996, 9954, 9854, 10107, 9837}

If another Mac user can reproduce the problem, then I would suspect it to 
be a bug in the Mac kernel.


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