How Computers Generate Random Numbers

Computers generate random numbers using mathematical equations.

They create an output of millions numbers with acceptable random properties. Computers actually generate pseudo-random numbers and not true random numbers.

Random numbers are important. They allow statistical studies to mimic the real world in a more realistic way. Random numbers represent the “unpredictable”, pattern-lessĀ  behaviors of a certain variable being observed.

Before computers. the table of random numbers was used (and still being used) by people who want to generate random numbers, and for simple randomness, there’s the coin which you can flip.

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