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Newsgroups: php.cvs
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 12:03 AM
Subject: Re: [PHP-CVS] cvs: php4 /ext/standard rand_mt.c rand_sys.c

> "Andrei Zmievski" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> > On Wed, 05 Sep 2001, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> > > Just look at the algorithm and you'll see at once it is bogus. Only in
> the
> > > special case that one single key is requested it is correct.
> > > Proving it's bogus is trivial, so I'll leave that as an exercise to
> > > reader (I'm serious).
> There are about 2**31 possibilities for randval. So already when picking
> elements out of an array, (which can be done in 13! ways), some
> possibilities are not even possible!
> Furthermore, it makes simply no sense, just look at the key point, every
> time r/R, where r and R decrease... that has a really high preference for
> 'neat' distributions.
> --Jeroen
> > A little less patronizing, please.
> I'm very sorry, but this again is an example of simply test things out
> without reasoning/thinking/proving. Which is IMO very bad.
> If you simply think about the algorithm, I'm sure you would have seen
> immediately what was wrong. I must say I didn't do any testing at all with
> that function, but that's not necessary!

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