The term Randomness is often used in statistics to signify well defined statistical properties, such as lack of bias or correlation. Random is different from arbitrary, because to say that a variable is random means that the variable follows a probability distribution. Arbitrary on the other hand implies that there is no such determinable probability distribution for the variable.
- For I do not believe that it is through the interference of Divine Providence ... that the spittle of a certain person moved, fell on a certain gnat in a certain place, and killed it.
- The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.
- Robert R. Coveyou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1969
- How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?
- Joseph Bertrand, Calcul des probabilités, 1889
- Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random.
- The sun comes up just about as often as it goes down, in the long run, but this doesn't make its motion random.
- Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin.
- But when a rule is extremely complex, that which conforms to it passes for random.
- God doesn't play dice with the universe.
- Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen
- I laugh at the predictable and crack the pseudorandom.
- That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.
- It's a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.
- Random is originality, and originality is art.