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An investigation of the uniform random number generatorMost random number generators that are in use today are of the congruential form X(i+1) + AX(i) + C mod M where A, C, and M are nonnegative integers. If C=O, the generator is called the multiplicative type and those for which C/O are called mixed congruential generators. It is easy to see that congruential generators will repeat a sequence of numbers after a maximum of M values have been generated. The number of numbers that a procedure generates before restarting the sequence is called the length or the period of the generator. Generally, it is desirable to make the period as long as possible. A detailed discussion of congruential generators is given. Also, several promising procedures that differ from the multiplicative and mixed procedure are discussed.
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Temple, E. C. (Alabama A & M Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
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August 10, 2013
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January 1, 1982
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Publication: Alabama Univ. in Huntsville The 1981 NASA(ASEE Summer Fac. Fellowship Program
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