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is murphy a random number?

While on the subject of testing backup procedures, I wonder how many people *test* their random-number generator.  After all, some joker may (years ago) have replaced the library function they think they are calling with a function which always returns the result 2 (for example).  Programs continue to work, and no one may ever have noticed.

I believe it was Knuth who asked the pertinent question "Is 2 a random number?"

Ben Wint
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

No Murphy is not a random number.

A random number may not happen.

Murphy always happens.

Alberto
Friday, January 31, 2003

There was a time I always tested the random generators we used (for scientific simulation models this is realy crucial).

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, January 31, 2003

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