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Re: st: Random start to random number sequence


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Random start to random number sequence
Date   Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:47:28 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Tue, 17/8/10, Allan Reese wrote:
> This will not make the subsequent sequence any more (or
> less) random, but will make each session unique. 

What Stata (and other computer programs) produce are 
pseudo-random numbers, as they must be generated using
a deterministic algorithm. These algorithms are now
very good at mimicing a true random process, but if 
you want the real thing you will need to do something
like <http://gamesbyemail.com/News/DiceOMatic>

-- Maarten

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Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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