# [Rd] .Random.seed (PR#911)

e.zwane@fss.uu.nl e.zwane@fss.uu.nl
Thu, 12 Apr 2001 10:44:17 +0200 (MET DST)

```I am not sure whether this is really a bug, but seems to be as my program
works pretty well in S+, for small iterations.

I am creating a random sample from a chi^2 distribution with 23.5 df. Thus
I have to sample from a chi^2 with 23 or 24 df with probability 0.5. The
other alternative is to create a weighted version of the two distribution,
which is where my problem lies.

I use the following commands

while(iter<100){
old.seed<-.Random.seed
#sample from chi^2 23
set.seed(old.seed)
#sample from chi^2 24

#chi^2, 23.5 <- 0.5*(chi^2 23+chi^2 24)
iter+1
}

The unfortunate thing is that the ".Random.seed" is no longer random but
remains constant, and I want to find ways around this problem.
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