[futurebasic] Random Number Generators

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From: tedd <tedd@...>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 10:51:59 -0400
>Rick,
>
>I have spent many years working in probability theory and have often used
>computer random number generators (RNGs).

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Very good explanation of a random number generator. Thanks.

Many years ago, myself and a couple of other geeks thought of a way a
create random number generator -- which was to use a radioactive counter.
The number of "hits" per second was considerable -- in the ten of
thousands. But then we would take the least significant number (to whatever
number of digits you wanted) and we believed that number was truly random.
No one to my knowledge has ever proved us wrong or right. What do you
think? Is there some underlying periodic that would invalidate our solution?

I can't help but think that any number generated by a computer could not be
truly random unless it derived its randomness from nature.

tedd


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