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On Feb 3, 2009, at 4:45 PM, Sean Luke wrote:

> Miles Parker wrote:
>
>> And correct me if I'm wrong, but there are some algorithms in which  
>> using a prime number would be a bad idea. Anyway, it seems to me  
>> that any decent random stream generator should be able to take an  
>> arbitrary seed and produce a good result.
>
> Primes etc. are really a figment of early linear congruential  
> generators, for which non-prime parameters in the generator itself  
> were famously bad choices (actually, not just non-prime but non- 
> relatively-prime).  Knuth III is very interesting in that regard.

We're going to have to start calling you Mr. RNG. :) Any particular  
references in TAOCP?