Randomness

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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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Random is originality, and originality is art.

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