[R] Random number generator used in 'runif'

S Ellison S.Ellison at LGCGroup.com
Mon Feb 18 14:55:47 CET 2013

On the same help page, it says "'RNGkind' is a more friendly interface to query or set the kind of
     RNG in use." 


to see the currently selected RNG. The same function with kind= specified will also change to another

S Ellison

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> Zambrano-Bigiarini
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> Subject: [R] Random number generator used in 'runif'
> Dear list,
> For the implementation of a particular optimization algorithm 
> it is very important the random number generator.
> I would like to know if somebody could tell me what is the 
> random number generator used by default in the 'runif' function.
> >From the help page of 'runif' and '.Random.seed' I guess that the
> default algorithm is 'Mersenne-Twister', but I would be 
> really grateful if somebody with experience in random number 
> generators could confirm that or tell me what is the method 
> actually used.
> Thanks in advance,
> Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini
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