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Dr J R Stockton <jrs@merlyn.demon.co.uk>

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Date:

Tue, 6 Nov 2007 20:23:22 +0000

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Mon, 5 Nov 2007 16:13:23, Patricia Shanahan <pats@acm.org> posted:

Dr J R Stockton wrote:

The Java code would be something like:

double nextInclusiveDouble(){

double r = nextDouble();

return r == nextDouble() ? 1 : r;

}

In comp.lang.java.programmer message <jnasi31porsaqq0nb4u3r6mkdt3otanu9r

@4ax.com>, Sun, 4 Nov 2007 20:28:11, Roedy Green <see_website@mindprod.c

om.invalid> posted:

By stretching [0, 1) to cover [0, 1] there is necessarily a hole

created, perhaps at 0.5 .

By creating random R in [0, 1) and doing if (R==0.5) { R = 1 } ;

(apologies; I'm slowly learning to read Java;

writing it properly may follow)

one also gets a hole.

Now replace 0.5 by a random in [0, 1) independently generated and

renewed each time it is hit (so not correlated with the main Random),

and ISTM that all values in [0, 1] should be obtained with virtually

equal probability.

@4ax.com>, Sun, 4 Nov 2007 20:28:11, Roedy Green <see_website@mindprod.c

om.invalid> posted:

On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 19:35:39 -0000, "(-Peter-)"

<garfieldpbj@gmail.com> wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who

said :

Multiply the number by 1+ulp where ulp in the smallest increment in a

double in the vicinity of 1.0

<garfieldpbj@gmail.com> wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who

said :

What I need is to generate a lot of random real numbers between 0 and

1, both inclusive (normally it's possible to generate the number

between 0(inclusive) and 1 (exclusive!!!) )

1, both inclusive (normally it's possible to generate the number

between 0(inclusive) and 1 (exclusive!!!) )

Multiply the number by 1+ulp where ulp in the smallest increment in a

double in the vicinity of 1.0

By stretching [0, 1) to cover [0, 1] there is necessarily a hole

created, perhaps at 0.5 .

By creating random R in [0, 1) and doing if (R==0.5) { R = 1 } ;

(apologies; I'm slowly learning to read Java;

writing it properly may follow)

one also gets a hole.

Now replace 0.5 by a random in [0, 1) independently generated and

renewed each time it is hit (so not correlated with the main Random),

and ISTM that all values in [0, 1] should be obtained with virtually

equal probability.

The Java code would be something like:

double nextInclusiveDouble(){

double r = nextDouble();

return r == nextDouble() ? 1 : r;

}

That's not the code for what I suggested. Whether it will do well

enough must depend on the details behind nextDouble. I suggested an

independent generator to maintain the Hole. Pseudo?-JavaSCRIPT :

var Hole = SomeOtherRandomFunction()

function nextInclusiveDouble() { var T

if ((T=Math.random())==Hole) {

T = 1 ; Hole = SomeOtherRandomFunction() }

return T }

Since SomeOtherRandomFunction is called only when Math.random() hits

Hole, it can be slow : something from Knuth implemented in Java[script].

If we were using a true random number generator, this would be close to

perfect. Let N be 2**53, the number of different nextDouble results, and

assume they are uniformly distributed and the results of consecutive

calls are independent.

perfect. Let N be 2**53, the number of different nextDouble results, and

assume they are uniformly distributed and the results of consecutive

calls are independent.

If the works behind nextDouble were to have 53 bits (I suspect they have

more) consecutive calls would never give the same value.

The two nextDouble calls have N*N possible results.

They have whichever is the less of N**2 and 2**(GeneratorBits), ISTM.

Of those, N give

result 1. N-1 of the pairs result in e.g. 0. N numbers are each chosen

with probability (N-1)/(N*N), and 1.0 is chosen with probability

N/(N*N)=1/N.

This is indeed close enough that I don't think the difference would be

measurable over the probable lifetime of Java.

Does anyone know whether nextDouble produces pairs of consecutive equal

numbers with the correct probability, remembering that it is based on a

pseudo-random number generator?

result 1. N-1 of the pairs result in e.g. 0. N numbers are each chosen

with probability (N-1)/(N*N), and 1.0 is chosen with probability

N/(N*N)=1/N.

This is indeed close enough that I don't think the difference would be

measurable over the probable lifetime of Java.

Does anyone know whether nextDouble produces pairs of consecutive equal

numbers with the correct probability, remembering that it is based on a

pseudo-random number generator?

Is nextDouble based on *A* specific PRNG, or is it based on whichever

PRNG the system author happened to like? In the latter case, your

question may have multiple answers.

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