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Non-Uniform Random Variate Generation

From: Mike Miller
Subject: Non-Uniform Random Variate Generation
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 00:25:33 -0600 (CST)


Luc Devroye's Springer-Verlag book "Non-Uniform Random Variate Generation" is freely available without copyright restrictions here:

Dr. Devroye wrote to me today as follows:

  I don't like the GNU license--it is too restrictive.
  As I say on my page, others can make any copies or
  modifications of the text, even without telling me,
  and profit from it. GNU has restrictions, e.g.,
  the cover pages cannot be altered, and about 20 other
  things---too legalistic and bureaucratic in my view.
  GNU requires that people mention the original source--I
  don't insist on that--they can delete my name if they so wish.
  Let's say that I am to the left of "copyleft".
  Interestingly, no one has taken up my offer...

  The PDF file is text-searchable, as it was scanned by
  an OCR machine. The source was in troff, now obsolete.
  And the best troff to TEX conversion is still miserable--
  I tried that. In any case, I am thinking about
  a 2-volume update, so it does not matter.

I know it's off-topic, but I thought some of you would be interested.


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