History of uniform random number generation

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Random number generators were invented before there were symbols for writing numbers, and long before mechanical and electronic computers. All major civilizations through the ages found the urge to make random selections, for various reasons. Today, random number generators, particularly on computers, are an important (although often hidden) ingredient in human activity. In this article, we give a historical account on the design, implementation, and testing of uniform random number generators used for simulation.

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2017 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), IEEE Press, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 202–230, 2017 BibTeX reference