(or lack thereof) of events.
The Oxford English Dictionary
defines 'random' as "Having no definite aim or purpose; not sent or guided in a particular direction; made, done, occurring, etc., without method or conscious choice; haphazard." This concept of randomness suggests a non-order or non-coherence in a sequence of symbol
s or steps
, such that there is no intelligible pattern or combination.
Applied usage in science, mathematics and statistics recognizes a lack of predictability
when referring to randomness, but admits regularities in the occurrences of events whose outcomes are not certain.
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.
How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?
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.