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From "Thomas Neidhart (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (MATH-936) RandomDataGenerator#nextLong violates bounds
Date Sat, 09 Mar 2013 15:35:13 GMT


Thomas Neidhart updated MATH-936:

    Attachment: MATH-936.patch

We can not ensure that the resulting value of nextLong will really be uniformly distributed
within the given bounds due to limited precision of the calculation (we would need to do the
scaling calculation with a Dfp field for example, but this would be very slow).

The attached patch at least ensures that the resulting value will be strictly inside the given
> RandomDataGenerator#nextLong violates bounds
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MATH-936
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.1
>            Reporter: Ralf Wiebicke
>              Labels: random
>         Attachments: MATH-936.patch,
> I attached a test.
> If the underlying RandomGenerator returns 0.0, then nextLong returns Long.MIN_VALUE,
although the lower bound is Long.MIN_VALUE+1.
> The javadoc of RandomGenerator#nextDouble does not clearly define, whether the result
includes the lower border of 0.0 or not.
> In java.util.Random it clearly defined as included: "uniformly from the range 0.0d (inclusive)
to 1.0d (exclusive)". And the existence of JDKRandomGenerator suggests, that RandomGenerator
should have the same contract.
> I tested with version 3.1.1 from mvnrepository

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