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# True/Pseudo Random Numbers (Generators)

Article Review   by:Amandrix

Now let's see what really are these random numbers. First of all random numbers are divided into two categories : TRUE RANDOM NUMBERS and PSEUDO RANDOM NUMBERS.

It may seem odd, but TRUE RANDOM NUMBERS follow a PATTERN. By pattern I don't mean that they can be predicted (the exact number for example). Pattern means that if you make a statistic over a huge, and I mean HUGE number of numbers and then you make another one, the results, strangely will be "almost" exactly the same.
This "almost" depends on the number of numbers you made the statistic. If for example you make a statistic on 10k numbers and then on another 10k numbers, their results can have big differences in terms of %. But if you make a statistic on, let's say, a very HUGE number of numbers, let's say a 30 digits number, and then you make one more on the same number of numbers, they will surely be, again, "almost" exactly the same (they may differ let's say from the 10th decimal).
But don't be fool by this, even so, you CAN'T predict them. On the other hand, PSEUDO RANDOM NUMBERS don't really follow a pattern. You may say that their better, but the only difference between those two types, is that the owner of the software that generates pseudo-random numbers can predict them (he can tell you exactly what's next, anytime). So, while both types are unpredictable by players, no one, but no one can predict the true ones.
Published: December 02, 2011
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