random numbers

random number

noun Statistics.
a number chosen by a random sampling, as from a table (random number table) or generated by a computer.

Origin:
1925–30

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random numbers
 
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a sequence of numbers that do not form any progression, used to facilitate unbiased sampling of a population. A random-number generator is part of the software of most computers and many calculators

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random numbers

n. When one wishes to specify a large but random number of things, and the context is inappropriate for N, certain numbers are preferred by hacker tradition (that is, easily recognized as placeholders). These include the following:

17 Long described at MIT as `the least random number'; see 23.

23 Sacred number of Eris, Goddess of Discord (along with 17 and 5).

42 The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. (Note that this answer is completely fortuitous. `:-)')

69 From the sexual act. This one was favored in MIT's ITS culture.

105 69 hex = 105 decimal, and 69 decimal = 105 octal.

666 The Number of the Beast. For further enlightenment, study the "Principia Discordia", "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "The Joy of Sex", and the Christian Bible (Revelation 13:18). See also Discordianism or consult your pineal gland. See also for values of.
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