[SciPy-dev] random.set_state also in need of EXPERT attention

David Goldsmith d_l_goldsmith@yahoo....
Tue Jul 28 14:24:17 CDT 2009


Hi, folks!  Ralf originally requested expert attention for this in its Discussion section; I over-confidently said I thought I could handle it; after too many hours of unproductive research (I seem to have found that there's a lot of "politics" in the field of random number generators?  Despite widespread use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mersenne_twister, Matsumoto & Nishimura and this algorithm don't appear to have much recognition in certain circles, e.g., those under the influence of Marsaglia, e.g., notably, "Numerical Recipes."  I understand that Marsaglia is critical of MT, but for "NR" to completely ignore an algorithm in such widespread use, well, out of curiosity, if anyone knows, "what gives"?) I give up.

DG


      


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