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Thursday, 21 August, 2008

Random Number Book

From the RAND Corporation, a 600-page book called A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates.

The book seems to be fairly popular, and 106 customers have reviewed it. One noted a serious flaw:

The book is a promising reference concept, but the execution is somewhat sloppy. Whatever algorithm they used was not fully tested. The bulk of each page seems random enough. However at the lower left and lower right of alternate pages, the number is found to increment directly.

What's really fun is to use the Amazon Surprise Me feature to display a random page.


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