[R] Answer to .Random.seed vs. set.seed

Erin Hodgess hodgess at uhddx01.dt.uh.edu
Tue Apr 1 21:20:07 CEST 2003

Here is the answer to the .Random.seed vs. set.seed question:

On Tue, 1 Apr 2003, Erin Hodgess wrote:

> Dear R People:
> What is the difference betwween 
> .Random.seed <<- seed
> vs.
> set.seed
> please?

1) In the first you have to know a suitable value for `seed', and that's
far from easy, whereas in the second you can supply a number in 1:1024.

2) Setting .Random.seed does not reset the state of the Box-Muller
generator if it is in use.

> Version 1.5.1 for Windows

Time to update ....

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk

Thanks so much to Prof. Ripley!!!!!


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