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Re: bad random numbers

From: Gerald Jansen
Subject: Re: bad random numbers
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 16:27:36 -0400

"John W. Eaton" wrote:
> On 13-Jul-1999, Mike Miller <address@hidden> wrote:
> | Note that the resulting matrix always had a very small number in the
> | 1,1 cell.  The value in that cell ranged from .003 to .017 ...
> The initial seeds for rand are computed from time().  Not random
> itself, but at least it should be different each time you run Octave.

Perhaps the first random number should be discarded if the seed computed
from time() leads to patterns, like those observed by Mike, on some

Gerald Jansen

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