random numbers, threads and reproducibility
mac4-devnull at theory.org
Sat May 19 03:41:54 EDT 2001
Requiring a threaded program to be 100% reproducable is a tall order.
There are a lot of factors involved. If your program simply requires that
each thread gets the same 'random' number sequence, then I would
implement this by giving each thread its own whrandom instance, which
is what you sugest below :-)
In article <Pine.LNX.4.33.0105191023130.3477-100000 at eloy.ayrna.org>,
"eloy" <eloy at rabinf50.uco.es> wrote:
> I am developing a small class framework for Genetic Algorithms in
> Python, and wishing to create some threads, I face a problem:
> One of the requirements I want to keep is reproducibility. A
> genetic algorithm is a stochastic (i.e., random) procedure, and I print
> the random seed at the start of each run of a expreriment, so I can
> reproduce the run later and be sure it will reach the same results. But
> threads are not deterministic (I think), so the sequence of calls to the
> whrandom... functions would not be the same.
> A possible solution that came to me is to pass a random seed
> (based on a random number) to each thread as it is created, and
> instantiate a different whrandom object in each one.
> The question is: is there a better way to do this in Python?
> Thanks for your time.
> -- Eloy R. Sanz
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