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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?