Discussion:  Traffic Jam Applet tool 
Topic:  Help: generating algorithm 
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Subject:  RE: Help: generating algorithm 
Author:  Mathman 
Date:  Oct 24 2004 
So take this for what it's worth please; at least an effort to help.
I can see that a random number generator can not be perfectly random, which
implies some sort of pattern, however complex. I can also see that a function
[pattern, algorithm] of some sort can generate a few numbers. However, a
oneto many relationship does not determine a manytoone. That is, in
simple terms [that I can understand] a parabolic function can generate three
points, [and more]. However, it requires four to determine a particular
parabola. I don't have any idea of the complexity of an algorithm to generate
pseudorandom numbers, but I doubt it can be readily determined from just four
generated values.
That is; if a pattern evolves from four numbers, and equally valid pattern quite
different could also contain the same numbers, unless there are other
restrictions.
David.
 
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