[R] random seed puzzle

Tue Aug 3 00:50:44 CEST 2004

After reading the help page on set.seed, I am unsure about how to solve the following problem. I need to call function f a thousand times. The list of values returned by f, should be as random as possible. f calls g twice:
	f <- function(){g1 <- g(1); g2 <- g(2); c(g1; g2)}
The function g in turn calls sample and returns a number, but also depends on its argument, so, starting from the same seed, g(1) returns a different number than g(2). I need each call to g to start with the same random number seed, so that the values returned by f would not be affected by redefining it this way:
	f <- function(){g2 <- g(2); g1 <- g(1); c(g1; g2)}

To make the randomness requirement more precise:
	f.list <- lapply(1:1000, f)
	vec1 <- sapply(f.list, function(x){x[1]})
	vec2 <- sapply(f.list, function(x){x[2]})
The values of vec1 should be as iid as possible and the values of vec2 should be as iid as possible.

Any help with what I need to add to f would be greatly appreciated.

David Bickel  http://davidbickel.com
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