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Re: computational efficiencyby Lotus1 (Chaplain) 
on Oct 04, 2011 at 18:51 UTC ( #929638=note: print w/ replies, xml )  Need Help?? 
What is the application? Do you need a uniform distribution of angles? of points on a circle? of points on a sphere? Picking random sine values won't give you a uniform distribution of values for the angles. So for example, if you plot the points on a circle for the randomly chosen sine values then you end up with a higher density of points at certain points along the circumference. Probably overkill for your application but I did something similar years ago for picking points on the surface of a sphere and this article was helpful. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SpherePointPicking.html
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