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In the common parlance, randomness is the apparent lack of pattern or predictability in events. A random sequence of events, symbols or steps often has...

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Random variable

In probability and statistics, a random variable, random quantity, aleatory variable, or stochastic variable is described informally as a variable whose...

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Random forest

Random forests or random decision forests are an ensemble learning method for classification, regression and other tasks that operate by constructing a...

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Random House

Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. It is part of Penguin Random House, which...

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Random number generation

better than by a random chance. Random number generators can be true hardware random-number generators (HRNGS), which generate random numbers as a function...

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Random-access memory

Random-access memory (RAM /ræm/) is a form of computer memory that can be read and changed in any order, typically used to store working data and machine...

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Randomization is the process of making something random; in various contexts this involves, for example: generating a random permutation of a sequence...

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Simple random sample

a simple random sample is a subset of individuals (a sample) chosen from a larger set (a population). Each individual is chosen randomly and entirely...

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So Random!

So Random! is an American Disney Channel sketch comedy series that premiered on June 5, 2011. It was announced as an independent series after Demi Lovato...

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Random walk

mathematics, a random walk is a mathematical object, known as a stochastic or random process, that describes a path that consists of a succession of random steps...

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Fischer random chess

Fischer random chess, also known as Chess960, is a variation of the game of chess invented by former world chess champion Bobby Fischer. Fischer announced...

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Random seed

A random seed (or seed state, or just seed) is a number (or vector) used to initialize a pseudorandom number generator. For a seed to be used in a pseudorandom...

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Random glucose test

Random glucose test (a.k.a. random blood glucose) is a blood sugar test taken from a non-fasting subject. This test, also called capillary blood glucose...

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Stochastic process

a stochastic or random process is a mathematical object usually defined as a family of random variables. Historically, the random variables were associated...

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Probability distribution

possible outcomes for an experiment. It is a mathematical description of a random phenomenon in terms of its sample space and the probabilities of events...

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Random access

Random access (more precisely and more generally called direct access) is the ability to access an arbitrary element of a sequence in equal time or any...

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Random graph

In mathematics, random graph is the general term to refer to probability distributions over graphs. Random graphs may be described simply by a probability...

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Random matrix

mathematical physics, a random matrix is a matrix-valued random variable—that is, a matrix in which some or all elements are random variables. Many important...

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Normal distribution

distribution is a type of continuous probability distribution for a real-valued random variable. The general form of its probability density function is f ( x...

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Randomized algorithm

A randomized algorithm is an algorithm that employs a degree of randomness as part of its logic. The algorithm typically uses uniformly random bits as...

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In the common parlance, randomness is the apparent lack of pattern or predictability in events. A random sequence of events, symbols or steps often has no order and does not follow an intelligible pattern or combination. Individual random events are by definition unpredictable, but since they often follow a probability distribution, the frequency of different outcomes over numerous events (or "trials") is predictable. For example, when throwing two dice, the outcome of any particular roll is unpredictable, but a sum of 7 will occur twice as often as 4. In this view, randomness is a measure of uncertainty of an outcome, rather than its haphazardness, and applies to concepts of chance, probability, and information entropy. According to Ramsey theory, ideal randomness is impossible especially for large structures. For example, professor Theodore Motzkin pointed out that "while disorder is more probable in general, complete disorder is impossible". Misunderstanding of this can lead to numerous conspiracy theories. Cristian S. Calude stated that: "given the impossibility of true randomness, the effort is directed towards studying degrees of randomness". It can be proven that there is infinite hierarchy (in terms of quality or strength) of forms of randomness.The fields of mathematics, probability, and statistics use formal definitions of randomness. In statistics, a random variable is an assignment of a numerical value to each possible outcome of an event space. This association facilitates the identification and the calculation of probabilities of the events. Random variables can appear in random sequences. A random process is a sequence of random variables whose outcomes do not follow a deterministic pattern, but follow an evolution described by probability distributions. These and other constructs are extremely useful in probability theory and the various applications of randomness. Randomness is most often used in statistics to signify well-defined statistical properties. Monte Carlo methods, which rely on random input (such as from random number generators or pseudorandom number generators), are important techniques in science, particularly in the field of computational science. By analogy, quasi-Monte Carlo methods use quasi-random number generators. Random selection, when narrowly associated with a simple random sample, is a method of selecting items (often called units) from a population where the probability of choosing a specific item is the proportion of those items in the population. For example, with a bowl containing just 10 red marbles and 90 blue marbles, a random selection mechanism would choose a red marble with probability 1/10. Note that a random selection mechanism that selected 10 marbles from this bowl would not necessarily result in 1 red and 9 blue. In situations where a population consists of items that are distinguishable, a random selection mechanism requires equal probabilities for any item to be chosen. That is, if the selection process is such that each member of a population, say research subjects, has the same probability of being chosen, then we can say the selection process is random.


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