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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject Re: [Jakarta Commons Wiki] Updated: MathWishList
Date Thu, 02 Sep 2004 14:11:27 GMT
Like I said in the past, I highly recommend working with Paul Houle 
( to get these random number 
generators integrated into the math library. He has stated to me in the 
past that he is willing to relicense them under the Apache license. As 
well I beleive that with the BSD being compatable with Apache licensing, 
there would be little stopping us from integrating them ourselves as a 
derivative work.


Kim van der Linde wrote:
> wrote:
>> Date: 2004-09-01T23:28:45 Editor: PhilSteitz <>
>> + * Add 0-1 random number generators. -- Not sure what is being
>> requested here. RandomData.nextInt(0, 1) will generate random 0-1
>> values. Are we talking about random binary strings?
> There are a ton of different ways to generate pseudorandom numbers, all 
> have in common that they are kind of ciclic and have a certain 
> predictability. In general, faster pseudorandom algorithms do have 
> shorter cicles and are better predictable, while better pseudorandom 
> algorithms require more computation time. The build in JAVA pseudo 
> random generator is a laugh, and not to be used for any serious 
> randomnisations....
> Kim

Mark Diggory
Software Developer
Harvard MIT Data Center

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