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pseudo- +‎ random

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pseudorandom (not comparable)

  1. Of a sequence of numbers, such that it has all the properties of a random sequence following some probability distribution (except true randomness), but is actually generated using a deterministic algorithm.
    • 1941, Isabel Fonseca, Memoirs, Society for American Archaeology, Issues 25-30, Society for American Archaeology 1941, p. 31:
      Simple random samples were chosen from an ordered list with the aid of a Pseudo Random Digit Generator affiliated with the Computer Data Corporation Fortran Compiler.

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