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Multiplicative congruental pseudo random numbers question.
Posted:
Sep 17, 1996 9:12 AM


Hi,
I'm a first year student who's just begun Discrete Mathematics and I have a question for someone in the know. Given the random numbers series generated by using : x(0)=3387, x(i+1) = (3387.x(i))mod65536, why can it only generate 25% of the possible 2^16 numbers ?
I realise they can only be odd, but that's only 50%. What's the story ? Please respond by email because I'm not able to read the newsgroups too frequently.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help,
MAK



