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Re: Random[..]

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  • Subject: [mg7341] Re: Random[..]
  • From: hanson at (James D Hanson)
  • Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 22:27:22 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Auburn University Physics
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <5m3d8n$p3f at>, mcleod <mcleod at> wrote:

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

"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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