Random-Number Generation

Random-Number Generation

The production of a series of numbers with no pattern. Random number generation may be simple, such as rolling dice or flipping a coin. Other mechanisms involve complex computers. Random number generation is used in gambling, particularly in slots and lotteries.
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(Our county, unfortunately, seems to assess property values by an arcane blending of divination rituals and computer-aided random-number generation, so we never really know on what we were or were not overtaxed.)
Other chapters cover authentication, hashing and random-number generation. The authors' C code provides concrete examples that include line numbers, so you do not have to get pieces here and there and figure out how to connect them.
Others, in a quest for super fast random-number generation, are turning to more-exotic sources of randomness.