Questions relating to (pseudo)randomness, random oracles, and stochastic processes.

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Deterministic random numbers generator using $p^n \mod q$

I figured that I can create a deterministic "random" numbers generator by utilizing a bit of "magic" that I picked up from some cryptography. However I seem to have missed a detail. Basically the ...
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Expected time of tree search algorithm on random input

We have a perfect binary tree on 2^k-1 nodes. Every node in the tree is marked with probability 1/2, and a node is either marked or unmarked. We want to find a marked node and return it. Our algorithm ...
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Proof for Minkowski reduced basis

I've read a few articles explaining the way to use the Minkowski reduced basis in a lattice in order to measure the uniformity of the output of a random number generator. However, I can't prove a ...
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Generalized Feedback Shift Registers

I find confusing some examples I have seen. Maybe you can help me to determine what is going on with them. A Generalized Feedback Shift Register (GFSR) sequence defines a sequence $\{W_{i}\}$ ...
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Max of multistep Gaussian walk vs max of multiple single-step Gaussian walks

Is there a relation between the max of a Gaussian random walk of 10 steps vs the max of 10 Gaussian random walks? Specifics (in Mathematica notation): ...
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Bays-Durham Shuffling

Reading "Random number generation and Monte Carlo methods" by James E. Gentle, I encountered an example concerning the Bays-Durham Shuffling algorithm whose result I can't reproduce. Basically, such ...
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Powers of random matrices

Let $M$ be an $n \times n$ matrix whose elements are random reals in [0,1]. Two questions. What is the growth rate of the magnitude of the elements of $M^k$ as a function of $k$? It is definitely ...
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The pseudoness of pseudorandom number generators

Is there a reasonable statistic test one can do to standard random number generators (say, one of those that come built in in Python libs) which shows they are not really random? (By reasonable I ...
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Polygonal billiards and uniform distribution

According to this article in Wikipedia: A billiard is a dynamical system in which a particle alternates between motion in a straight line and specular reflections from a boundary. When the particle ...
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Random assignment in blind experiments and “fair / just coin”

In blind experiments subjects are randomly assigned to one of groups. The most commonly used solution is to use (equivalent of) a coin toss, with the same probability to be assigned to each group. I ...
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Accessible Intro to Random Matrix Theory (RMT)

I read this fascinating article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627550.200-enter-the-matrix-the-deep-law-that-shapes-our-reality.html Unfortunately all the other papers I find googling are ...
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How can I randomly generate trees?

I want to randomly generate trees, i.e. undirected acyclic graphs with a single root, making sure that all possible trees with a fixed number of nodes n are equally likely.