[Numpy-discussion] Re: random number facilities in numarray and main Python libs
faheem at email.unc.edu
Tue Sep 7 22:47:09 EDT 2004
On Tue, 07 Sep 2004 16:35:11 -0700, Robert Kern <rkern at ucsd.edu> wrote:
> Faheem Mitha wrote:
>> Are the random number facilities provided by numarray.random_array
>> superior to those provided to those provided by the random module in the
>> Python library? They certainly seem more extensive, and I like the
>> interface better.
>> If so, why not replace the random module by the equivalent functionality
>> from numarray.random_array, and have everyone use the same random number
>> generator? Or is this impossible for practical reasons?
> numarray.random_array can generate arrays full of random numbers.
> Standard Python's random does not and will not until numarray is part of
> the standard library. Standard Python's random also uses the Mersenne
> Twister algorithm which is, by most accounts, superior to RANLIB's
> algorithm, so I for one would object to replacing it with numarray's
> code. :-)
> I do intend to implement the Mersenne Twister algorithm for SciPy's PRNG
> facilities (on some unspecified weekend). I will also try to code
> something up for numarray, too.
Does SciPy have its own random num facilities too? It would easier to
just consolidate all these efforts, I would have thought.
>> By the way, what is the name of the pseudo-random number generator being
>> used? I see that the code is in Packages/RandomArray2/Src, but could not
>> see where the name of the generator is mentioned.
> documents the base algorithm.
Thanks for the reference. Faheem.
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