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A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates [Paperback]

by The RAND Corporation
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)

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October 23, 2001 0833030477 978-0833030474 0
This book was a product of Rand's pioneering work in computing, as well a testament to the patience and persistence of researchers in the early days of Rand.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: American Book Publishers (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833030477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833030474
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1,401 of 1,427 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect October 26, 2006
Such a terrific reference work! But with so many terrific random digits, it's a shame they didn't sort them, to make it easier to find the one you're looking for.
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505 of 513 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the audiobook version October 19, 2006
While the printed version is good, I would have expected the publisher to have an audiobook version as well. A perfect companion for one's Ipod.
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683 of 699 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like this book ... October 20, 2006
By Roy
If you like this book, I highly recommend that you read it in the original binary. As with most translations, conversion from binary to decimal frequently causes a loss of information and, unfortunately, it's the most significant digits that are lost in the conversion.
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2,703 of 2,791 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy. July 27, 2005
The book is a promising reference concept, but the execution is somewhat sloppy. Whatever generator they used was not fully tested. The bulk of each page seems random enough. However at the lower left and lower right of alternate pages, the number is found to increment directly.
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410 of 423 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars, 1 Reservation December 5, 2005
By M. Hall
After exploring the "Search Inside This Book" feature and snooping through a few of the embedded prose poems, I knew that this was a book I needed on my shelf. (Though I do admit I ordered it (ostensibly) for my girlfriend's birthday--and borrowed it when she was done!) I finished the tome in one enraptured sitting and, despite a limp third act denouement, the book was taut, well paced, and fresh.

I do, however, have one concern. I stumbled upon the book while looking up the ISBN number for Haynes' Owner Workshop Manual for Honda 2-valve Twins (1977 - 1985) -- and I got to thinking... Perhaps running across ISBN# 1 85010 359 3 in Rand's "A Million Random Digits" wasn't a coincidence -- perhaps some of the digits aren't that *random* at all. I don't mean to be an alarmist--and I certainly don't bandy about charges of plagiarism lightly--but if you will, please note this excerpt from the author's tender preface:

738 9377504 03478 47589 43 705 47309 67490 27348 57490 57443509 37405 40978 39794 "31847 57303!" 57049 325740 57403 7509347?

Now, we can't help but notice a completely different "voice" littered throughout the book. For example, in the opening of the penultimate chapter:

704478 489 705 47390 278 574409 3705 978794 9847 57303 57049 32740 574035093 473

Or the crassness in the "bedroom" scene:

473268978 971 23473 3785 [expletive] 3434987 3490809 34709 34908 40700 34087 439874 97835

And after the embarrassment (we'd all rather forget) concerning Wm. T Metzger's otherwise breathtaking "Table of 10,000 square roots: Gives square roots up to 4 digits on the basis of the square roots arranged in consecutive order 1 to 10,000 and the numbers ranging from 1 to 100,000,000" the publishing world can't afford another snafu.
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389 of 406 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious reference work? October 16, 2006
For a supposedly serious reference work the omission of an index is a major impediment. I hope this will be corrected in the next edition.
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352 of 369 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite the opposite of random when viewed globally January 14, 2008
At first, I was overjoyed when I received my copy of this book. However, when an enemy in my department showed me HER copy, I found that they were the OPPOSITE of random - they were IDENTICAL.

It is very frustrating, let alone dangerous for my agents in the field; do not rely on this book for generating codes!

Its list of deviates is very nice for someone in my profession, however.
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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unpredictable January 24, 2011
The book is too hard to follow, the author randomly shifts from one number to another without any prior warning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not random!!
There are a million of them but they are not, alas, random.

You sheeple need to learn to read between the lines when you purchase books of this type. What is it? Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Incitatus
5.0 out of 5 stars African Rebound
five star rating. This book is riveting. You will not put it down. Sure to be a movie in the near future.
Published 18 hours ago by Tim Cohane
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel!
I loved this and am looking forward to seeing it developed into a continuing series. I would rank it as the equal of Volume fZdadfjiH in the series "Selections from Jorge Luis... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gary Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Nature's best vitamin c serum
I liked this product . I put it on my face , neck and hands . I felt it made my skin tighter and softer . I put it on in the morning and night on a clean skin . Read more
Published 3 days ago by joanne landry
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BAM
Published 16 days ago by bubb12
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the ending. Plot was random.
I read this best seller twice. Then the Audible version. Am waiting for the DVD. And sequel. Problem is, there is no really surprise ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd say it scores between 2-3 stars
It is mean to say, but the plot in this book was pretty average. But then again, casual browsing is not enough to appreciate the whole story.
Published 1 month ago by Lebone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids
This should be required reading in our public schools. For decades now the U.S. educational system and parents have fallen into the inefficient, not to mention lazy, of teaching... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Whitehill
1.0 out of 5 stars Decimal format is boring...
I'm holding out for the eventual Hex translation, which will be far more exciting. How anyone can read this in base-10 is beyond me.
Published 1 month ago by Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for the Deviates
I originally bought this book because of the normal deviates. I mean, really, what are normal deviates anyway. But it intrigued me and I was bound to find out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Biegen
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someone please release an abridged version of this book so I can buy.
Here ya go, for FREE!
(Just cut them out and toss in the air!)
Jul 15, 2011 by Rock Fan |  See all 10 posts
Why would you buy this book when you could just buy this?!
Oh sure, you could try to reconstruct the randomness of this masterpiece, but it would only be feable attempt to mimic genius. The beauty is in the simplicity of randomness of the normal deviates. This book took years of research into the complexity of true randomness. The book brings this to... Read more
Aug 16, 2011 by RushHour Reader |  See all 2 posts
I own this book
I actually have two copies. Just in case I need to double check.
Jan 17, 2010 by Steffan Piper |  See all 4 posts
Audio book version?
I can almost hear it, with a soundtrack by Philip Glass....
Jul 20, 2012 by Patrick Murray |  See all 2 posts
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I couldn't agree more. Amazon, where are you? You should vigorously protect the integrity of your review system by deleting reviews that obviously have nothing to do with the book.
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