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Re: Random Geometric (long)

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  • Subject: [mg23466] Re: [mg23340] Random Geometric (long)
  • From: Daniel Lichtblau <danl at>
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 00:54:15 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • References: <8fb089$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

> ...Regarding the implementation of Random-CA i have one question:
> Why do you use
> ((Random[Integer,2^30-1]/2^30.)+
>         Random[Integer,2^30-1])/2^30.
> and not
> (Random[Integer, 2^30 - 1]/2^30.)
> [...]

The latter will only generate 30 bits and machine double precision
numbers (which are what Random[] produces) have 53 bits of mantissa. So
we need a pair of the 30-bit entities in order to get enough bits for a

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research

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