Random number generators are chaotic

Charles Herring, Julian I. Palmore

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We observe that pseudo-random number generators, familiar to all programmers, are examples of deterministic chaotic dynamical systems. We discuss the implications of this finding and compare computer generation of pseudo-random numbers to the theoretical ideal of a 1989 random sequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalACM SIGPLAN Notices
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 11 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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