Quality of Random Number Generators

  • James E. Gentle
Part of the Statistics and Computing book series (SCO)


Ziff (1992) describes a simulation requiring a total of 6 × 1012 random numbers and using a few months computing time on about a dozen workstations running simultaneously. Research work like this that depends so heavily on random numbers emphasizes the need for high-quality random number generators. Yet, as we have seen, not all random number generators are good ones (Park and Miller, 1988, and Ripley, 1988).


Random Number Generator Pseudorandom Sequence Gray Code Output Stream Pseudorandom Generator 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • James E. Gentle
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  1. 1.Institute for Computational Sciences and InformaticsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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