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Re: Re rand('state',0)

From: Paul Kienzle
Subject: Re: Re rand('state',0)
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 22:21:32 -0400

On Oct 13, 2005, at 8:28 PM, Bill Denney wrote:
I know that the standard fortran rand (I don't know if this is the same as ranlib) is a simple linear congruent RNG, and it has known bad seeds. MT is (as far as I know) the state of the art RNG, and it has no known bad seeds.

I believe a state of all zeros in MT is bad. The initialization code for octave-forge/rand protects against this, which you can see by running:

        s = rand('state',0)

- Paul

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