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Uniform Random Number Algorithm
01-25-2017, 06:19 PM
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RE: Uniform Random Number Algorithm
(01-23-2017 06:33 PM)Tim Wessman Wrote:  It is specifically NOT in the manual by design to keep things simple. Same reason why it doesn't appear in the catalog - only power users highly interested in such things will ever have a need for anything other then a "more then good enough" random generator.

Having multiple functions that do (to the normal, non-power user) identical things is not really a good idea in general. We'd then have to explain why all the random number generation seed value setting is different for different functions, why one is slower then the other, why different generators are used, etc.

This prevents people who might get confused from stumbling across it, not matching results that others are getting, and so on - while allowing users like yourself to access it.

The alternative would be just to remove it completely. Undecided

How about an Advanced Users Guide for power users that includes more information than the standard manual does? The argument that hiding information will make something simpler to use seems specious to me.

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