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Topic: Multiplicative congruental pseudo random numbers question.
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Michael McGrath

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Multiplicative congruental pseudo random numbers question.
Posted: Sep 17, 1996 9:12 AM
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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 e-mail because I'm not able to read
the newsgroups too frequently.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help,


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