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Re: Predictable random sequence

by kennethk (Abbot)
on Sep 17, 2013 at 14:37 UTC ( #1054455=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Predictable random sequence

Lots of ways to do it, depending on needed quality. The one I use for cross-platform stability in testing is the Middle-square method. It's actually a pretty bad RNG if you need any real rigor or a very large number of points, but it's fast, intuitive and insensitive to round-off.

my $seed = 21324556; sub _prng { # von Neumann middle-square method return 1e-8*($seed = int(1e-4 * $seed**2) % 1e8); }
This seed converges to zero after 16348 iterations, with an average in that population of 0.5002 and a standard deviation of 0.2878. If you go for more than 8 digits of precision, you will start seeing machine dependence.

#11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

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