Questions about random number generation and the properties of numbers so generated.

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How to generate a random snowflake

'Tis the season... And it's about time I posed my first question on Mathematica Stack Exchange. So, here's an holiday quest for you Graphics (and P-Chem?) gurus. What is your best code for generating ...
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Quality of random numbers

Mathematica has several ways of generating random numbers: Congruential, ExtendedCA, Legacy, MersenneTwister, MKL, ParallelGenerator, ParallelMersenneTwister, Rule30CA. For ...
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Distribution of random points in 3D space to simulate the Crab Nebula

I'm generating some 3D models of planetary nebulae and supernova remnants for Celestia, a free OpenGL astronomy software. Currently, I know how to do it with random points inside a spherical shell. ...
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How to create animated snowfall?

Well, the title is self-explanatory. What sorts of snowfall can we generate using Mathematica? There are two options I suggest to consider: 1) Continuous GIF animations with smallest possible number ...
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Efficient way to generate random points with a predefined lower bound on their pairwise Euclidean distance

Using Mathematica what is an efficient way to generate a list of $n$ random two dimensional points $\{x_i,y_i\}$ where $i=1,...,n$ so that no two points $p_1$ and $p_2$ in the list has an Euclidean ...
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Finding the likeliest path in a Markov process

With Mathematica 9, we have the addition of various processes, among which the discrete Markov process. Given a transition probability matrix m, such a process is ...
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RandomVariate from 2-dimensional probability distribution

A probability distribution can be created in Mathematica (I am using 8.0.1) with e.g. ...
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Efficient Langevin Equation Solver

This question is not about good algorithms for solving stochastic differential equations. It is about how to implement simple codes in Mathematica efficiently exploiting Mathematica's programming ...
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How to generate a random tree?

Is it possible to generate a random tree without explicitly constructing a random adjacency matrix that satisfies tree properties? How about a random directed tree? Edit: incredible answer by ...
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obtaining random element of a set given by multiple inequalities

I try to obtain random elements from a set given by multiple inequalities. This is of general interest to me, but let me present one example here: I have multiple inequalities specifying half spaces ...
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Assign a randomly generated list to variable

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 I don't know if this is a silly question, but it really baffles me. So please help me understand this behavior. ...
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2D random walk within a bounded area

I want to simulate a random walk on two dimension in a bounded area such as a square or circle. I am thinking of using If statement to define a boundary. Is there a ...
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Which Distributions can be Compiled using RandomVariate

Recently, Oleksandr kindly showed a list of Mathematica commands that can be compiled. RandomVariate was part of that list. However, whether this can be compiled depends upon the distribution that is ...
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Efficiently generating n-D Gaussian random fields

I am interested in an efficient code to generate an $n$-D Gaussian random field (sometimes called processes in other fields of research), which has applications in cosmology. I wrote the following ...
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Efficient Generation of Random Variates from a Copula Distribution

I have a 7-asset portfolio for which I want to simulate daily log-deltas using a Student T copula. The marginal distributions are all either Stable or TsallisQGaussian. Using NMaximize, I have ...
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Random data generator

Inspired by Quality of random numbers I would like to set up a true random data generator in Mathematica. My idea is to use the static from an open microphone. I recall reading about extracting the ...
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Generate a Random Polygon

Does some package exist with a function that takes a parameter $n$ and generates a random 2D $n$-sided simple polygon (convex or non-convex), possibly within a certain bounding box? It does not ...
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Simulating Theatre puzzle

I have been trying to simulate the process of the theatre puzzle from the Joy of X (Strogatz). The puzzle, and some relevant material are here. My simplistic coding for this process follows: ...
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Finding the volume of a sphere using the Monte Carlo algorithm

I used the following code to find the volume of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2 = 1$ in the first octant: ...
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Is it possible to use RandomChoice to choose without other choices being evaluated?

I'm trying to do this: i1 = 1; i2 = 1; RandomChoice[{ (i1 = i1 + 1), (i1 = i1 - 1), (i2 = i1 + 1), (i2 = i2 - 1)}] In order to chose randomly which ...
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Mathematica giving infinity as a random number!

I am trying to generate several random numbers from normal distribution using Mathematica. The following is the relevant code: ...
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Speed up adding Poisson noise to an image

I'm simulating some images corrupted with Poisson noise, but I'm encountering a few problems with performance. According to the documentation on ImageEffect, one ...
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Plotting the solution of a vector stochastic differential equation

I have a vector stochastic differential equation, $$\mathrm dq = p\,\mathrm dt\qquad q(0)=0$$ $$\mathrm dp = (-q -p)\mathrm dt+\mathrm dW\qquad p(0)=10$$ This can be entered to give me the process ...
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Picking random items out of a list only once

I'm trying to create a function that randomly returns a value from a list but remembers the values that have been given before. At the end when the list is empty it should return an empty list. ...
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How to generate random directed acyclic graphs?

How to programmatically build random directed acyclic graphs (DAG)? I know about the AcyclicGraphQ predicate and the ...
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How to generate random points in a region?

The Mathematica 10 documentation was updated for FindInstance adding support for regions. In my use case I'm trying to sample points in a set of disks: ...
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1D Random Walk variant

I am making a notebook that is a variation to the traditional 1d random walk problem. The normal 1D random walk can be simulated easily by ...
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RandomVariate returns values outside the support of a PDF

Let $X$ be a random variable with pdf: dist = ProbabilityDistribution[1/(Abs[x]*Log[Abs[x]]^2), {x, -E^-2, E^-2}] Here are some pseudo-random drawings from it: ...
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Simulating Stochastic Processes the MMA way

This question is really a specific problem and a methodological one concerning MMA best practices. I want to simulate a system of stochastic processes. If this were a geometric Brownian motion or ...
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How to Import random elements of huge data files

I am calculating huge data files with an external program. I would like then to import the data into Mathematica for analysis. The files are 2 columns and up to many millions of rows. So for ...
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Making Monte Carlo simulation with ParallelTable

I would like to to MonteCarlo simulations of various regressions - basically, doing OLS under various conditions to test approaches. On my macpro 2x 2.8 GHz quad core Xeon, 32 Gb RAM DDR2 @ 667 Mhz, ...
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Compare C++ Standard Library's Mersenne Twister with Mathematica's Mersenne Twister

The C++ standard library does contain a set of random distribution classes, among other things a Mersenne Twister engine. What I'd like to do is to generate the same random number distribution, using ...
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Simulating discrete time stochastic dynamic systems

What is the canonical way of simulating discrete time stochastic dynamical systems in Mathematica using the new functionality of Random processes? To take a concrete example, lets consider the ...
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Randomness test suites that can be invoked from Mathematica

There are several test suites referenced at csrc.nist.gov designed to test a (pseudo-)random byte sequence for randomness, and discover possible skews, correlations, patterns, or other hidden ...
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Create triangular mesh from random list of points

I have a list of points. I would like to take these points and create a mesh of triangles from them, making sure triangles don't overlap. So here's a list of points: ...
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Fast Simulations with Compile

this post relates to another post that I didn't follow up propely. If I wanted to simulate a system of stochastic proesses like the following, and loop over this run many many times would writing the ...
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Generating Random Real numbers with certain numbers not included

I'm writing a program that i need 1000 real number between -3 and 6. the code that I used for generating and saving them was l = RandomReal[{-3, 6}, 1000] But I ...
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Efficient implementation of a linear complexity measure of binary sequences

For a implementation of testing the quality of random number generators I implemented the NIST test suite in Mathematica based on the nice workbook by Ilja Gerhardt. However I took up the challenge ...
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How to generate a RandomVariate of a custom distribution?

I'm trying to generate a pseudorandom variate out of a custom distribution. Suppose I want define a custom distribution, and for the sake of simplicity I define a Poisson distribution (the ...
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Are there rules of thumb for knowing when RandomVariate is more efficient than RandomReal?

Please consider the following: From a fresh Mathematica kernel, RandomVariate is more efficient for NormalDistribution but ...
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Creating randomly oriented planes

I would like to create randomly oriented planes. This is how I'm attempting to do that: I create a 2 random unit vectors, $\mathbf{v}_1$, and $\mathbf{v}_2$, in the $x$-$y$ plane I assume that if I ...
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How can I generate and randomly assign color to annular sectors?

How can I generate such an image and fill every annular sector with a random colour?
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Why is Poisson Random Deviate Generation so slow?

I am generating Poisson deviates for some numerical work. Mathematica 9.0.1 is very slow in generating these random numbers, as can be seen below. ...
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Randomly assigning color to Graphics3D objects?

I have a set of Graphics3D primitives (here, spheres) which I would like to assign either: (1) One of a subset of colors, e.g. {Green, Red} (2) A random color over some RGB interval Writing ...
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Counting and extracting hit circles/triangles for randomly chosen points

Below, you see a triangle in which the incircle was inscribed. As we know, the center of this circle is the intersection of the angle bisectors. At this point, one could go further and find the ...
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Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Simulation

I am simulating Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy which basically involves tracking the random motion of particles in a box with periodic boundary conditions and then calculating their intensity ...
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Uniformly distributed n-dimensional probability vectors

What's the right way to generate a random probability vector $p={p_1,\ldots,p_n} \in {(0,1)}^n$ where $\sum_i p_i=1$, uniformly distributed over the $(n-1)$-dimensional simplex? What I have is ...
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Functional programming and Do loops

I'm writing a Monte Carlo simulation. I'm using a Do loop to create the different simulations, iterating over different ...
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Sampling phase space uniformly for a given energy

For example, for the 1D harmonic oscillator, the energy is given by: $$ E = \frac{1}{2 m} p^2 + \frac{m \omega^2}{2} x^2 $$ where x is position and p is the momentum. I would like to sample phase ...
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RandomReal closed on left & open on right?

I have a number of algorithms that depend on uniform random reals in half-open intervals such as $[0,1)$. In particular, I need a (pseudo) random-number generator that produces machine-precision ...