Kind of Random: Generating Pseudo-Random Numbers by Michael Vercillo '14

Monday, February 24 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Kind of Random:  Generating Pseudo-Random Numbers by Michael Vercillo '14

Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract:  This talk will begin by introducing random numbers, what is meant by "random," and how random sequences are generated in practice. We will focus on uniform random variables, which, it will be shown, can be transformed to other useful distributions. This will serve as motivation to study uniform pseudo-random number generators. The talk will conclude by introducing a few such generators and conducting tests to assess the "randomness" of these generators.

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