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8. Functions, Continued

Will Briggs1  
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Lynchburg, VA, USA
 

More things about functions: random number functions, Boolean functions, parameters that change, and “scope” – that is, where a variable can be seen and used depending on where it’s declared.

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’s why you’re studying them. It isn’t for games. ...

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