Re: [R] Restoring .Random.seed

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 20:57:09 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 31 May 2007, Talbot Katz wrote:

> Hi.
>
> Suppose I have a function which does some random number generation within.
> The random number generation inside the function changes the value of
> .Random.seed in the calling environment. If I want to restore the

                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
That is your misunderstanding. From the help page
      The object '.Random.seed' is only looked for in the user's
      workspace.

which seems plain enough. So, you can do

save.seed <- get(".Random.seed", .GlobalEnv) assign(".Randon.seed", save.seed, .GlobalEnv)

to save and restore, *provided* that random numbers have been used in the session (or .Random.seed will not exist).

However, the help recommends using set.seed(), and why not follow the advice?

> pre-function call .Random.seed, I can do:
>
> save.seed<-.Random.seed
> result<-myfunction()
> .Random.seed<-save.seed
>
> Is there a way to do the restoration inside the function? I tried putting
> the "save.seed<-.Random.seed" and ".Random.seed<-save.seed" statements
> inside the function, but that didn't work.

As documented on the help page.

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