Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100782
Authors: 
Gerald P. Dwyer, Jr.
Williams, K. B.
Year of Publication: 
1999
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 99-14
Abstract: 
Computers are deterministic devices, and a computer-generated random number is a contradiction in terms. As a result, computer-generated pseudorandom numbers are fraught with peril for the unwary. We summarize much that is known about the most well-known pseudorandom number generators: congruential generators. We also provide machine-independent programs to implement the generators in any language that has 32-bit signed integers-for example C, C++, and FORTRAN. Based on an extensive search, we provide parameter values better than those previously available.
Subjects: 
Programming (Mathematics)
Computers
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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