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Re: random doesn't feel very random

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: random doesn't feel very random
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:48:10 -0400

    That is probably because we have only one global random state and many
    packages reset it from time to time (see message-unique-id).

Why would extra invocations of (random t) cause repetitive behavior?

    Ideally we should call (random t) only once or allow multiple random

Supporting multiple random seeds would be a natural thing to do
if there is some advantage in sticking with one random seed
for a particular purpose, or if there is some harm in doing
(random t) extra times.  But what reason could there be for that?
Except studying the pseudorandom number generator, that is.

Dr Richard Stallman
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