The random numbers
generated in a computer or calculator are not truly random. They are not
produced by sampling a physical process that contains a random process, such as
flipping a coin or monitoring radioactive decay.

Computer
and calculator-generated random numbers are produced by computing an

*algorithm*. An algorithm, by its very nature,*contains no random*processes. Still, these computer-generated random numbers pass most statistical tests and are, for most (but not all) practical purposes,*random*. Random numbers produced by an algorithm are more accurately called*pseudo-random*numbers.
The
most commonly used algorithm for generating psuedo-random numbers is the

*linear congruential generator*(LCG)*.*The defining equation for a LCG is**x**

_{n+1}= (ax_{n}+ c )mod m
where

The project can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on this link:

*x*is called the_{n }*seed*,*a*is an integer constant called the*multiplier*,*c*(also an integer constant) is called the*increment*, and*m*is the modulus.The project can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on this link:

A four-page pdf document takes you through a paper and pencil exercise that explains the mathematics of a linear congruential generator and is available, free, on request. Send a request to grandadscience@gmail.com.

I get it now, thanks for clearing it up. I was confused about this for some time, but your post cleared everything up in no time.

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