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library interfaces and pseudo-random number generators

From: Vincent Lefevre
Subject: library interfaces and pseudo-random number generators
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 09:45:54 +0100
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I'd like to know if the algorithm used for a pseudo-random number
generator provided by a library is part of the library interface.
A PRNG can be used so that the results are reproducible (using the
same seed). From this point of view, I'd say that a new library
version which gives different results (still with the same seed)
has an incompatible interface, but I'm not sure.


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