A portable uniform random number generator well suited for the rejection method

Wolfgang Hörmann, Gerhard Derflinger

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Up to now all known efficient portable implementations of linear congruential random number generators with modulus 2^(31)-1 are working only with multipliers which are small compared with the modulus. We show that for non-uniform distributions, the rejection method may generate random numbers of bad quality if combined with a linear congruential generator with small multiplier. Therefore a method is described that works for any multiplier smaller than 2^(30). It uses the decomposition of multiplier and seed in high order and low order bits to compute the upper and the lower half of the product. The sum of the two halfs gives the product of multiplier and seed modulo 2^(31)-1. Coded in ANSI-C and FORTRAN77 the method results in a portable implementation of the linear congruential generator that is as fast or faster than other portable methods. (author's abstract)
HerausgeberInstitut für Statistik und Mathematik, Abt. f. Angewandte Statistik u. Datenverarbeitung, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1992


ReihePreprint Series / Department of Applied Statistics and Data Processing

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  • Preprint Series / Department of Applied Statistics and Data Processing