Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Dec 13 16:59:04 CET 2005
On Tue, 13 Dec 2005 Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk wrote:
> On 13-Dec-05 Uwe Ligges wrote:
>> Davia Cox wrote:
>>> My question is in order to run a true random sample,
>> We have to disappoint you: Your computer cannot generate
>> "true random samples".
> At least on Linux (and probably most Unix) systems,
> /dev/random must be a pretty good approximation (provided
> you don't over-work it ... ).
(for some definition of 'true').
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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