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Not to be obtuse, but why can't you use rand? This smacks of an XY Problem. There are a myriad of ways to generate pseudom random series, and the appropriate solution depends very strongly on the intended purpose. 'Best time complexity' is solved by xkcd://221, which is probably not what you mean. Most Linux boxes have /dev/random at their disposal for truly high quality randomness, but this is overkill for nearly every application, and denies the possibility of playback.

~$ perl -e 'open $rnd, "<", "/dev/random"; read $rnd, $value, 4; prin +t "Value = ", unpack ("H*", $value), "\n"' Value = 0de13803
Equivalent functionality can be garnered on other systems with TrulyRandom. These are very slow, though still 'Best time complexity'.

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In reply to Re: generate random number without using any built in function in perl? by kennethk
in thread generate random number without using any built in function in perl? by anurag_perl

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