[Python-ideas] Python's Source of Randomness and the random.py module Redux

Ian Cordasco graffatcolmingov at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 15:57:40 CEST 2015

On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM,  <random832 at fastmail.us> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2015, at 09:44, Ian Cordasco wrote:
>> Because while we want to reduce foot guns, we don't want to reduce
>> usability. DeterministicRandom is fairly easy for anyone to
>> understand. I would venture a guess that most people looking for that
>> wouldn't know (or care) what the backing algorithm is. Further, if we
>> stop using mersenne twister in the future, we would have to remove
>> that class name.
> If we're serious about being deterministic, then we should keep that
> class under that name and provide a new class for the new algorithm.
> What's the point of having a deterministic algorithm if you can't
> reproduce your results in the new version because the algorithm was
> deleted?

This is totally off topic. That said as a counter-point: What's the
point of carrying around code you don't want people to use if they're
just going to use it anyway?

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