# What is Random Number

A random number is one that is selected at random, as the name suggests, from a group of numbers. As they tend to be excessively slow for most applications in statistics and cryptography, the first methods for producing random numbers, such as dice, coin flipping, and roulette wheels, are still employed today, primarily in games and gambling.

Who generated first random numbers?

John von Neuman gave idea to generate random numbers in 1946. His plan was to square an initial random seed value, remove the middle digits, and continue. The sequence of integers that results after repeatedly squaring the result and removing the middle digits exhibits the statistical characteristics of randomness.

Consider any significant number, such as 2934; its square is 8608356; you choose 083 at random; its square is 6889; its next random number is 88 etc. As we need to select initially large number to generate random number.

# Main Characteristics of Random Number

Random number should have following desirable properties to become good random number,

• Random

Random numbers as we generated should be random it means there is no any pattern in data. Random number are generated without any rule.

• Reproducible

Another important property of random number is reproducibility. It means we can generated new random number from previous one.

• Portable

Random number should be portable. It means it should be changeable.

• Efficient

The random numbers we have generated should be efficient. It should produce desirable result.

# Generating Random Number from Monte Carlo Method

Multiple sources of systematic and statistical mistakes can affect MC simulations. If our random number are poor quality as a result of which we get systematic error. The creation of random numbers and testing are still significant issues that haven't been fully resolved. As was already indicated, RN sequences are required for MC. should not repeat over very long periods and should be uniform, uncorrelated, and of a very long length.

Additionally, if we employ parallel computing (which is obviously necessary to handle massive amounts of data), we must ensure that every generated random number sequences are separate and uncorrelated (8N).

# Generating Random Number using Congruential Method

The fundamental principle is that a seed is picked together with a fixed number, c, and that successive numbers are then produced by simple multiplication.

$$X_n = (c * X_n-1 + a0)MOD N{max}$$

Where $$Xn$$ is an integer between 1 to $$N{max}$$

Experience has shown that a good congruential 32 bit linear congruential i.e,

$$X_n = (16807 * X_n-1 + a_0)MOD (2^{31}-1)$$

The number 16807 is called miracle number.

### Lets Generate Random numbers using Congruential Method by using python

First import necessary module

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


We can choose seed value to any number but it should be larger number. We set ran to ran = (16807*seed)%(2**31) and then seed is equal to ran value so that seed is change in each iterations.

seed = 10000
count = 0
random1 = []
while count<100:
ran = (16807*seed)%(2**31)
seed = ran
ran = ran
random1.append(ran)
count+=1
#print(random1)


Lets change above random number in the range [0,1)

L1  = [x/(2**31) for x in random1]

Lets generate another random number using different seed. Here we use same procedure except different seed value.

seed = 137474
count = 0
random2 = []
while count<100:
ran = (16807*seed)%(2**31)
seed = ran
ran = ran
random2.append(ran)
count+=1
#print(random1)


Change the above random number in the range [0,1)

L2 = [x/(2**31) for x in random2 ]

#### Plot of Two random number as we generated

We should check the randomness of the numbers we generated, so the scatter plot is the best choice. If the distribution of our scatter dotted points is uniform, we can get a random integer. However, we are unable to produce a perfect random number. We produce a pseudorandom number as the result of setting the seed value. The only sources of really random numbers are physical processes.

plt.scatter(random1,random2)
plt.show() In the above plot, points are distributed nearly uniformly but not completely uniform. This happened because we generated a few numbers. If we increase the random number size, then what will happen? Let's check.

seed = 10000
count = 0
random1 = []
while count<10000:
ran = (16807*seed)%(2**31)
seed = ran
ran = ran
random1.append(ran)
count+=1
L1  = [x/(2**31) for x in random1]

seed = 137474
count = 0
random2 = []
while count<10000:
ran = (16807*seed)%(2**31)
seed = ran
ran = ran
random2.append(ran)
count+=1
L2 = [x/(2**31) for x in random2 ]

plt.scatter(random1,random2,s = 0.3)
plt.show() Hence, as random number size increases, we can find that points are randomly distributed. Hence, we are able to build a pseudo random number.

#### Let's change given random number into Normal distribution

For this lets build new number from above numbers using following relation,
$$y_1 = (-2\log(random1))^\frac{1}{2} cos(2\pi \times random2)$$

$$y_2 = (-2\log(random1))^\frac{1}{2} sin(2\pi \times random2)$$

#### Using Python

arr1 = np.array(L1)
arr2 = np.array(L2)
ran_guss1 = ((-2*np.log(arr1)))**0.5 *np.cos(2*np.pi*arr2)
ran_guss2 = ((-2*np.log(arr1)))**0.5 *np.sin(2*np.pi*arr2)

#### Lets Check Distribution of generated new numbers

plt.hist(ran_guss1, bins= 10)
plt.title("Histogram From First Method")
plt.show() plt.hist(ran_guss2, bins= 10)
plt.title("Histogram From Second Method")
plt.show() ### Let us compare the random number generated from Congruential Method and Using Library

Here, we generate random number from numpy random.rand() function which generate random number in the range [0,1).

ra = np.random.rand(10000)

plt.scatter(L1, ra, s = 0.3)
plt.title("Random Number From Libray and Congruential Method")
plt.show() Scroll to top