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Speaking of book reviews: [Jan. 4th, 2005|01:55 pm]
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A Million Random Digits With 100,000 Normal Deviates by Rand Corporation

Back before computers could easily generate them, a statistician might want a 600 page book with pages of random numbers, arranged in no order. (use the amazon "look inside this book" feature to see an example). Why this book was reprinted (the original is copyright 1955) in 2002 is curious, but the customer book reviews made me smile. Go see before amazon pulls them.

[User Picture]From: rwx
2005-01-04 01:55 pm (UTC)
This is a relatively valuable reference work, as people can refer to it when writing a paper and others can reproduce their results. It is also important when over time things have been found out to be insufficiently random. There was a time a couple of years ago when some set of presumed random numbers that had been used for stuff for a while had a correlation when mapped into four-dimensional space and it caused problems with something or other.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2005-01-04 05:38 pm (UTC)
If I had known I could have made a buck or two coming up with random numbers, I would have quit my day job long ago...
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2005-01-04 06:41 pm (UTC)
My grandfather used to work for the Rand Corporation, and when I was graduating from library school my grandparents tried to convince me to apply for a librarian opening at the California offices. Can you picture that one?
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