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.## Sourced

- 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.
- Maimonides,
*Guide for the Perplexed*, 12th century, Friedländer translation

- Maimonides,

- 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

- Joseph Bertrand,

- Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random.
- Donald E. Knuth,
*The Art of Computer Programming*, Vol. II, 1969, section 3.1

- Donald E. Knuth,

- The sun comes up just about as often as it goes down, in the long run, but this doesn't make its motion random.
- Donald E. Knuth,
*The Art of Computer Programming*, Vol. II, 1969, section 3.3.2

- Donald E. Knuth,

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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.

- 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.
- Steven Roddis

- 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.

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