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Re: Random[..]


In article <5m3d8n$p3f at smc.vnet.net>, mcleod <mcleod at fisher.stats.uwo.ca> wrote:

> What algorithm does Random[..] use?
> Maybe if it is kept secret the numbers will be more
> random!
> Ian McLeod (aim at uwo.ca)

"Random uses the Wolfram rule 30 cellular automaton generator for
integers. It uses a Marsaglia-Zaman subtract-with-borrow generator for
real numbers."

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