Re: [R] Question

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 14 Dec 2005 - 02:59:04 EST

On Tue, 13 Dec 2005 Ted.Harding@nessie.mcc.ac.uk wrote:

> On 13-Dec-05 Uwe Ligges wrote:
>> Davia Cox wrote:
>> [...]
>>> My question is in order to run a true random sample,
>>
>> We have to disappoint you: Your computer cannot generate
>> "true random samples".
>
> At least on Linux (and probably most Unix) systems,
> /dev/random must be a pretty good approximation (provided
> you don't over-work it ... ).

See

library(accuracy)
?trueRandom

(for some definition of 'true').

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