# Books of Random Numbers. How were the numbers generated?

In the mid 1940's I believe, the RAND corporation published a book with a million random numbers (from a normal distribution). This was before Marsaglia, so considering the primitive state of their knowledge in testing for randomness, how did they generate these numbers and how did they test them? I ask this b/c I always get the sense that people in the field seem to regard this source as the "gold standard", although it is not obvious at all to me that this should be the case.

Thanks, Jack

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rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1418.html The introduction explains how the digits were generated and tested. –  Byron Schmuland Sep 30 '12 at 18:17
@Byron: That looks like an answer, swims like an answer and quacks like an answer. –  joriki Sep 30 '12 at 19:20
@joriki You are quite right! –  Byron Schmuland Sep 30 '12 at 19:36