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Topic: Simple random number generator?
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Dr J R Stockton

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Re: Simple random number generator?
Posted: Nov 30, 2012 3:25 PM
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In sci.math message <50b6cabe$0$24749$607ed4bc@cv.net>, Wed, 28 Nov 2012
21:38:34, Existential Angst <fitcat@optonline.net> posted:

>
>So are the digits of pi random or not?
>


The digits of pi are not random, because, unless the base is changed,
they are the same every time and can be defined relatively briefly, even
without assuming a definition of pi (which pi may formally lack).

But any arbitrarily chosen sub-sequence of the digits of pi will, I
believe, pass an appropriate proportion of the usual tests for
randomness. Note that the full expansion of the digits of pi contains
as sub-sequences of a given length all possible digit strings of that
length, some of which will not look random to the untutored eye, such as
yours.

A real mathematician could put that more precisely.

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