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Figures of merit for digital multistep pseudorandom numbers
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by Debra A. André, Gary L. Mullen and Harald Niederreiter PDF
Math. Comp. 54 (1990), 737-748 Request permission


The statistical independence properties of s successive digital multistep pseudorandom numbers are governed by the figure of merit ${\rho ^{(s)}}(f)$ which depends on s and the characteristic polynomial f of the recursion used in the generation procedure. We extend previous work for s = 2 and describe how to obtain large figures of merit for $s > 2$, thus arriving at digital multistep pseudorandom numbers with attractive statistical independence properties. Tables of figures of merit for $s = 3,4,5$ and degrees $\leq 32$ are included.
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  • © Copyright 1990 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 54 (1990), 737-748
  • MSC: Primary 65C10
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  • MathSciNet review: 1011436