[futurebasic] Re: [FB] Re: Random File List

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From: Rick Brown <rbrown@...>
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 19:50:30 -0500

Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:

>  as I said: A Repeated Pattern "appears" to be produced time
> and time again. Maybe the RANDOMIZE statement doesn't in fact do what it says it
> does. Again, as I said before "this is no big deal" for me; just an observation
> that may or may not be true. It may be the smallness of the Range within which the
> Random numbers are being selected that makes it "appear" to be about the same. I'm
> only getting Random Numbers in the range of, perhaps, 1 to 20 and it appears that
> the first and last numbers occur much more often than "I" think they should, with
> "other" numbers "almost never" showing up.

It might be interesting to run a statistical experiment to see how good FB's random
number generator is.  One test would be to generate a few million numbers between 1
and 20 and see how often each one shows up.  Some random number generators are better
than others.

- Rick