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st: choosing the seed for random number generation
The default seed for Stata's (pseudo-)random number generator in
the function -uniform()- is 123456789. Are there any guidelines about
for choosing the seed value in applications? And any benefits from
choosing something other than the default?
[I know that once you've set the seed to a particular in an
application, you stick to it, in order to maintain reproducibility of
results. But this is a Qn about the criteria used for choosing the seed
in the first place.]
So far, the most explicit guidelines I have found (via Google) are:
"2.Use seeds that are "somewhat random", i.e. have a good mixture of
bits. For example 2731774 and 10293082 are "safer" than 1 or 4096 (or
some other power of two). ..."
[Why powers of 2 are relevant is clear from the formulae in the Stata
User Guide [U] page 118.]
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