# John von Neumann's First Pseudorandom Number Generator

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Pseudorandom number generators have applications in many areas: simulation, game-playing, cryptography, statistical sampling, evaluation of multiple integrals, and computations in statistical physics, to name a few.

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Contributed by: Hector Zenil (March 2011)

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J. von Neumann, "Various Techniques Used in Connection with Random Digits," *Monte Carlo Method (*A. S. Householder, G. E. Forsythe, and H. H. Germond, eds.), National Bureau of Standards Applied Mathematics Series, 12, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1951, pp. 36–38.

D. Knuth, *The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms*, 3rd ed., Cambridge, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997 pp. 1–193.

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