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marshall@CIS.Edu.HK

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random number generators
Posted: Oct 14, 1996 2:20 AM
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On page 553 of the 2nd edition of Stephen Wolfram's Mathematica book
it states that "when Mathematica starts up, it takes the time of day
(measured in small fractions of a second) as the seed for the
pseudorandom number generator." Does anyone know exactly how this
generator churns out the "pseudo" random numbers? Is it possible to
generate numbers that are truly random? Must such a process depend
on some non-mathematical seed, such as the time of day or strength
of a battery?

Paul Marshall







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