[Rd] An idea: Extend mclapply's mc.set.seed with an initial seed value?

Paul Gilbert pgilbert902 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 16:10:02 CET 2012

I appreciate your problem, and getting reproducible random generator 
results on a parallel system is something to be careful about. However, 
I would avoid making it too easy to have a fixed seed. In earlier days 
there were mistakes too often made by users inadvertently using the same 
seed over and over again (on simple single processor systems), for 
example, by reloading a session with the seed set.


On 12-11-01 08:46 PM, Ivan Popivanov wrote:
> Hello,
> Have been thinking that sometimes users may want each process to initialize
> its random seed with a specific value rather then the current seed. This
> could be keyed off depending whether mc.set.seed is logical, preserving the
> current behaviour, or numerical, using the value in a call to set.seed.
> Does this make sense?
> If you wonder how I came up with the idea: I spent a couple of hours
> debugging "unstable" results from parallel tuning of svms, which was caused
> by the parallel execution. In my case I can simply do the set.seed in the
> FUN argument function, but that may not be always the case.
> Ivan
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