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|Title:||Add a New Pseudo-Random Number Generator|
|Version:||$Revision: 1.2 $|
|Author:||Arjen Markus <arjen dot markus at wldelft dot nl>|
|Created:||Monday, 07 January 2008|
This TIP proposes to add a new expr function: a random number generator with a longer sequence than the one currently in the core.
The expr command has used a straightforward implementation of a pseudo-random number generator via the rand() function for many years. This has a number of desirable properties, but better ones (e.g. with a longer sequence) have been known for a long time. This TIP proposes a new function as an alternative PRNG.
PRNGs with different properties can be important for Monte Carlo simulations and other algorithms that require large amounts of random numbers without having to worry about the sequence length.