# Tagged Questions

This tag is for questions dealing with random numbers, pseudorandom numbers, and computer entropy.

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### Generate a unique random 4 digit number from another 4 digit number

I have a database that has two columns. The first column is an index, the second is the path to a data file. There are two types of data files, X and Y. These data files are then processed and graphs ...
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### How would you explain or visually show someone the difference between linear/static probability vs dynamic?

Forgive me if I'm using the wrong terminology, but I'm attempting to explain to a non-technical person the difference between something happening in a program due to either a Math.Random (seed PRNG) ...
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### Identifying and understanding this PRNG

I have this random number generator, and have had it for quite some time, but despite how much I use it I don't really understand it. public static int Random(int x) { x = x + seed; x = (x &...
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### Randomly sampling chunks of a tree

I have a (non-binary) tree from which I want to sample various leaf and non-leaf nodes semi-randomly. The tree is generally less than 50 leaf nodes in all. The criteria for sampling is somewhat fuzzy ...
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### How random are these numbers?

I am making a script for creating true random numbers. I use APIs from RANDOM.ORG and ANU QRNG. The method I have is I get a number from one of the sites and use it as a seed in the Mersenne Twister ...
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### What does set.seed(any number) command means? [duplicate]

I am currently studying R. While studying that I came across a command set.seed(any number) . After googling also I didn't understood much except that it has something to do with Random number ...
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### Restricted randomization of a binary vector

Suppose I have a binary vector of sample size N with each of the two possible values (e.g., 0 and 1 occurring equally often). For example, if N=10, the binary vector is: 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 Suppose ...
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### Exclusive upper bound in random number range

Why do languages' random number generators tend to return a value exclusive of the upper bound of the range? For example, an implicit range - JavaScript's random() method "Return a random number ...
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### If the size of a set exceeds the period of a PRNG, is it true that some combinations may be unable to be generated? [duplicate]

Given that the size of some sets (example, 52! (about 2226 or 8*1067), the number of ways to shuffle a regular deck of cards) exceeds the period of most Pseudorandom Number Generators (PRNG), is it ...
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### Mechanisms to ensure distributed systems do not sychchronize (anti-synchronize)

We have a service that based on a local timer does a GET request to our server on Azure to transmit some information to be saved on the server. At this stage we are only testing and we are finding ...
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### Pseudorandom in Android

I am building a security mechanism and I need a Pseudorandom functionality in my app. More particularly I need to convert a String to fix length. My strings are random already, they just to long so I ...
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### What is a readable algorithm for selecting a random buyer based on what they purchased?

I am working on a giveaway algorithm to select a customer based on what they purchased: If they purchase item 1, they gain 1 point. If they purchase item 2, they gain 2 points. If they purchase item ...
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### Why do we need a seed in Random Number Generators?

I want to know how Random number generator(RNG) works in any PL(Programming language). I know the random methods has short periods. i.e they start repeating the values after specific number of time. ...
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### Inclusive or exclusive upper bound in pseudo-random number generators

I am creating a little randomization library. One of the methods is similar to .NET's System.Random.Next(int start, int end). The thing is, I am not sure how to decide on whether the upperp bound ...
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### Shuffle/Randomize a collection without knowing the number of items? [closed]

Let's say I have a sequence of items of unknown length, n. I want to randomize the order of this sequence without having to go through the entire sequence. Are there any algorithms that can do this? ...
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### rand() gives same numbers again for a small range

I'm trying to make sort of a game where I have a a grid of 20x20 and I display a player (P), a target (T) and three enemies (X). All these have an X and a Y coordinate which are assigned using rand(). ...
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### How to pick a random move/action/element non-probabilistically?

I am trying to create a simple AI that can play Go using Monte Carlo Tree Search. This question, however, is valid for all games where players take turns doing some action that, on average, reduce ...
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### Big O notation of randomness

I was thinking about inefficient algorithms based on randomness and wondered how to categorise them. For instance. Say you wanted to generate all the numbers from 1 to N in a random order but only ...
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### Generate random numbers with certain spikes? [duplicate]

I am trying to generate random numbers to simulate steering wheel angles and velocities of a car. So for steering wheels the random numbers could go like 1,2,4,6,4,3,40,0. I can generate random ...
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### Should changes to FNV-1A's input exhibit the avalanche effect?

This is kind of related to Which hashing algorithm is best for uniqueness and speed?. In that question, the excellently written top answer notes, Randomnessification The other subjective ...
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### Would adding more digits be a way to scale a order generation service? [closed]

I am working on interview questions from Amazon.com Software Development Engineer Intern Interview Questions. One of the interviewees was asked "give a scalable system design of Amazon.com's order ...
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### c++11 random: why different range of int and real?

In the c++11, we now have <random> to produce random number. About uniform distributions, we have following int_distribution and double_distribution: uniform_int_distribution-produces integer ...
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### Why is the “period of a (pseudo)random number generator” important?

I've been trying to understand (pseudo)random number generator code from various sources and the concept of the period continues to elude me. To satisfy the minimum level of understanding, I've tried ...
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### How specify acceptance criteria for randomness?

How would I express a Behavior Driven Development (BDD) acceptance criteria/story/scenario that indicates items should be random to some degree on a Home screen of an app like Instagram? Here's what ...
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### How to randomly get or find a sub-tree (include root node) from a given tree that contains n leaf-nodes

I have a non-binary tree. I want to randomly find a "sub-trees" that are connected from root to leaf which must have at least n leaf-nodes (leaf-nodes of sub-tree must be leaf-nodes of given tree). ...
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### Choosing a random integer in a range such that it doesn't equal a particular number

Given an integer range and a number within that range, what's a reasonably robust and efficient way to randomly select a new number within the range such that it's not equal to the given number? ...
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### Is generating a large random number more unique than generating each digit in that number?

I'm using a PRNG (PHP's default rand() implementation) to generate unique 16 digit numbers. Does it make sense to generate digits one by one, or the number at once? I'm using PHP.
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### On-the-fly, random partition of a range of numbers [0,N] in groups of max M size

Suppose that you have a range of numbers from 0 to N that you want to randomly separate in groups of max M sequential numbers. This is easily done with a bitmap and a random number generator, but it ...
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### No repeated coordinates in random walker ensemble

i'm simulating an ensemble of random walkers in 2D in python, I set [x,y] coordinates of my walkers to be gaussian in a 2D grid, then use a rand array of -1 and +1 to move up down left right: N=20 #...
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### Original source of `(seed * 9301 + 49297) % 233280` random algorithm?

If you search for examples of creating a seeded (pseudo)Random number generator, you will run into stuff like this (specific example http://indiegamr.com/generate-repeatable-random-numbers-in-js/): //...
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### Generate unique integer from two integers with algorithm

I am currently trying to come up with an algoritm which would take at least two numbers (say user IDs) and then come up with an unique number which is generated based on these two numbers. Each ...
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### Unevenly distributed random number generation [duplicate]

Let's say I have to generate random number from 1 to 100, however, the probability of each number is not 1/100, but a predefined probability. How to generate that number? I use Ruby/Python.
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### Whether to store all numbers or just their ranges in database for this application

I'm developing a (PHP MySQL) Web App which will sell dynamically generated real time cell phone numbers for cellular companies. A company will ask for, say, a thousand numbers and this app will check ...
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### Permutation tests for large sequences

I would like to perform a permutation test on a particularly large data set, i.e. around 4 million entries. Basically, I need to get some number of random permutations of this data set. Usual way to ...
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### Defining a random “safe” path for a game character

I am writing a game in Java and it can be likened to the recently popular game "Flappy Bird" in the sense that the character moves up and down and the users touch and must avoid the obstacles. The ...
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### When calling for a random integer from 1-6, how can I make it gradually get less likely to pick a number the bigger it is? [duplicate]

Like having 1 be the most common number and 6 be the least common number. And everything else just leveling out.
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### Are random number generators security holes?

If I retrieve a random number from a database (e.g. RAND() in SQL Server) or using a programming language and send this in some form back to a client machine, is there an economic chance I will be ...
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### What should I use as a random seed in a Brainfuck?

As I understand it, most pseudo-random algorithms work by taking one or more truly random longs, such as the date, time, MAC-Address, serial-number, etc., passing them through a complex series of ...
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### How can I create a set of random numbers based on a total and number of objects?

For example with: Total population = 400000 Number of villages = 800 The average population is 500 How can I randomize the amount of people in each village using a specified deviation (eg +-50) so ...
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### Random access (read/write) in datastructures

Certain datastructures, like Python's Dictionary, are unordered/random read/written. As programming in python is iterative (and programming in general is?), how do these unordered datastructures work?...
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### How deterministic are SessionIDs from SHA'd GUIDs?

Assume I'm using the following code to generate pseudo-random sessionID's: sessionID = SHA-512(GENERATE-GUID()) The GUIDs are pretty deterministic, i.e. I see lots of GUIDs with a lot of the same ...
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### Generating a Nakagami Random Variable

Assuming the only tool for generating random numbers I have available is generating a uniformly distributed variable u on U(0,1). I want to generate a Nakagami Random Variable from it. I know I could ...
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### Randomly and uniquely iterating over a range

Say you have a range of values (or anything else) and you want to iterate over the range and stop at some indeterminate point. Because the stopping value could be anywhere in the range, iterating ...
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### Since Garbage Collection is non-deterministic, why isn't it used for secure random number generation?

I get that /dev/random is a good source of entropy, and is what is usually used-- It's just as I'm reading up on GC, at least in Java, it seems accepted that the garbage collection daemon executes non-...
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### How Python random shuffle works?

How shuffle from random works in Python? I ask because it works very fast. When I try to write shuffle it works 1 minute for 10^6 element, but Python shuffle does that in 8 sec?
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### Which of these two shuffle algorithms is more random?

Which of below two shuffle algorithms (shuffle1 and shuffle2) is more random? public final class Shuffle { private static Random random; public static void shuffle1(final Object[] array) { ...
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### Best way to choose random element from weighted list

I want to create a simple game. Every so often, a power up should appear. Right now the different kinds of power ups are stored in an array. However, not every power up should appear equally often: ...
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### More Accurate Random in C [closed]

I have 3 IPs and every IP has a weight, I want to return the IP's according to its weights using the random function. For example if we have 3 IP's X with weight 3 Y with weight 3 and Z with weight ...
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### Is there a name for a randomized heap?

I've made a container which functions like a Binary Heap in terms of insertions and popping the root element. The key difference is that the comparison steps are all replaced with a random call for ...
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### Find out whose turn it is to buy the croissants, accounting for possible absences

A team has decided that every morning someone should bring croissants for everybody. It shouldn't be the same person every time, so there should be a system to determine whose turn it is next. The ...