info prev up next book cdrom email home

Pseudorandom Number

A slightly archaic term for a computer-generated Random Number. The prefix pseudo- is used to distinguish this type of number from a ``truly'' Random Number generated by a random physical process such as radioactive decay.

See also Random Number


Luby, M. Pseudorandomness and Cryptographic Applications. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Press, W. H.; Flannery, B. P.; Teukolsky, S. A.; and Vetterling, W. T. Numerical Recipes in FORTRAN: The Art of Scientific Computing, 2nd ed. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, p. 266, 1992.

© 1996-9 Eric W. Weisstein