[R] random generators - curiosity

Remy X.O. Martin vsxo at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 4 20:31:05 CEST 2002

Hi again,

This is just out of pure curiosity:
I came across the documentation of the various random generators in R and saw that 
the entropy-based kernel random generator available on Linux, Solaris and some other 
OSes is not by default available. (This generators random values based on the entropy 
associated with all IO that is handled by the kernel -- this includes TCP/IP 
packets.) There are solutions for systems that do not have this functionality by 
default (see the OpenSSH documentation).
Is there a specific reason why this generator isn't used, and if so, which?


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