[Numpy-discussion] random and RandomArray

Michiel Jan Laurens de Hoon mdehoon at ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Wed Feb 16 18:44:14 CST 2005


For what it's worth, I think that this is a good idea. I'd rather have 
one really good random number package than two separate ones.

--Michiel.

Bruce Southey wrote:
> Hi, 
> I was browsing through some of the code and realized that certain random number 
> generators occur in both the Python random module and RandomArray.  
>  
> The random module uses C code to get a scalar uniform random number that is 
> modified in Python by other generators to get random numbers from other 
> distributions. In RandomArray everything is done in the C code - obviously this 
> is way faster especially for arrays. 
>  
> In the long term, would it make sense to get use the same random number 
> generators in both random and RandomArray? 
> By this, I am thinking along the lines that both random and RandomArray would 
> call the same C code. This would require more changes in random than 
> RandomArray but would minimise duplicate code and update RandomArray. 
>  
> So I was wondering what the thoughts of people on this list are on this before 
> even considering this further. 
>  
> Regards 
> Bruce Southey 
> 
> 
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