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st: re: random number generation

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: re: random number generation
Date   Wed, 6 Apr 2005 20:49:59 -0400

Thuy said
That's impossible and against the so-called "randomn". If even when you try
to repeat the same command in STATA, you get different sequence each time.

Absolutely untrue. The whole purpose of Stata's "set seed #" command is to generate the IDENTICAL sequence of random numbers on demand. The pseudo-random-number generators are deterministic functions of the seed value. If you start with the same seed, you get the same sequence of PRNs.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

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