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Re: Random numbers

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  • Subject: [mg6544] Re: [mg6499] Random numbers
  • From: David Withoff <withoff>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 23:01:43 -0500 (EST)
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> Hi Mathematicans!
> Does anybody have information about the algorithm which is being used by
> Mathematicas Random[] function?
> I observed some difference to such standard random number generators like
> ran1 and ran2 from `Numerical Recipes in C'.
> Any help strongly appreciated!
> Cheers, Bernhard

Notes about this and other algorithms used in Mathematica can be found
in Appendix A.9 of the Mathematica book, and on the Wolfram Research
web site.  See, for example

Dave Withoff
Wolfram Research

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