random number

Pronunciation

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Pronunciation

- IPA: /ˈɹændəm ˈnʌmbə/

**random number** (*plural* random numbers)

*Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see random, number*- A number allotted randomly using suitable generator (electronic machine or as simple "generator" as die).
- A number selected based on a uniform distribution, typically using a suitable generator (for example, rolling a die).
**1975**, Gregory Chaitin, "Randomness and Mathematical Proof",*Scientific American*, (232), May 1975, pp. 47–52, reprinted in*Information, Randomness & Incompleteness: Papers on Algorithmic Information Theory*↗- Tossing a coin is a classical procedure for producing a
**random number**.... Tossing a coin 20 times can produce any one of 2^{20}... binary series, and each of them has exactly the same probability.

- Tossing a coin is a classical procedure for producing a
**1998**, Stuart Mealing,*The Art and Science of Computer Animation*(Intellect Books) p. 208 ↗- A
**random number**is a precisely defined mathematical concept in which every number should have an equal likeliness of occurrence....

- A
**2009**, Larry Rittenberg, Karla Johnstone, Audrey Gramling,*Auditing: A Business Risk Approach*(Cengage Learning) p. 362 ↗- To randomize the selection process, a
**random number**from 1 to 50 should be used ... This could be done, for example, by using the last two digits of the serial number on a dollar bill. If those digits were 87, subtract 50, leaving 37.

- To randomize the selection process, a

- A pseudorandom number.
**1970**, Robert Coveyou (attributed)- The generation of
**random numbers**is too important to be left to chance.

- The generation of

- French: nombre aléatoire
- German: Zufallszahl
- Portuguese: número aleatório
- Russian: случа́йное число́
- Spanish: número aleatorio

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