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8. Functions (Continued)

Will Briggs
Lynchburg, VA, USA
More things about functions: random number functions, Boolean functions, parameters that change, and the scope (visibility) of variables.

Random numbers

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random numbers is, of course, in a state of sin.
—John von Neumann, inventor of FORTRAN (Goldstine, 1972)
Random numbers aren’t just useful for games. They’re useful for simulations – predicting the average behavior of some system – and for scientific computing. You can tell people that why you’re studying them. It isn’t for games. Honest.
But computers are orderly machines. They can’t ...

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