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From Mikkel Meyer Andersen <>
Subject Re: [math] Generate random data using the Inverse CDF Method?
Date Mon, 02 Nov 2009 20:59:42 GMT
2009/11/3 Luc Maisonobe <>:
> There are at least one other regular commiter and three other committers
> that have been active on the list last year. Phil is clearly one of the
> most involved maintainers and he has been here since the beginning.
Okay, thanks for the info. I know how much Phil means and I haven't
for a second doubted that.

> There are only two lists: the users list and the developers list (here).
> Both lists are archived and searchable.
> I have no preference on this specific topic, sorry. One important thing
> to me is also to keep backward compatibility (as strange as it might
> seem after the bunch of changes I introduced last summer).
I agree with this, at least to the degree where it is practically durable.
> Would the change imply that the random package would disappear ? In this
> case I would be against it. Would that change imply that low level "raw"
> generators would be in random and higher level generators in
> distribution ? In this case, I don't know what is better.
> One thing I would like to add at some time in the future would be better
> and more modern "raw" generators in the same spirit as the Mersenne
> Twister (typically I would like to add the WELL family of generators).
> From a user point of view, it is also important to be able to select a
> different raw generator underlying a high level one. This is used for
> example in Monte-Carlo analyses when one wants to reproduce a subset of
> an already generated sequence, or according to what has higher priority,
> generation speed or generation accuracy with respect to the desired
> repartition.
> Luc
Cheers, Mikkel.

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