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random number

A number selected without any criteria, often by some sort of generator, such as a computer program. Don't worry, we're not choosing the winner ourselves—we'll draw a random number to determine who wins.
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at random

With no discernable pattern or reasoning. We will choose a raffle winner at random.
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at random

by chance; haphazard. The lottery numbers are chosen at random. As a prank, the children dialed phone numbers at random.
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at random

Without order or fixed purpose, haphazardly, as in Jackson Pollock dropped paints on canvas seemingly at random. Originally this phrase meant "very speedily" and "heedlessly." Shakespeare had the present usage in 1 Henry VI (5:3): "He talks at random; sure the man is mad." [Late 1500s]
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at random

Without a governing design, method, or purpose; unsystematically: chose a card at random from the deck.
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The "mod N" signifies that the preceding portion of the equation is divided by N and the remainder calculated to produce the first random number.
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In principle, one could use this to make better-quality random numbers.
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In Bayesian statistics, the measurement data are given constants and the value of the measurand is a random variable.
There are barrages of tests that can be performed to determine if a random number generator falls within acceptable limits.
Both of our simulation studies investigate the effect of unknown concurvity by fitting a slightly simplified version of Equation 5 to a large number of simulated data sets with random concurvity.
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If data on sales are collected using survey techniques, there is also the possibility of random error attributable to the survey method, just as resting has random error.
The fourth grade is X70293, a 40-MFR random copolymer that boasts improved toughness and "unheard-of transparency" for PP.
Externally, it is realized in the standardized brick panels that form the crust, but any hint of dullness is avoided by recessing some to create a textured surface, and by the apparently random pattern of openings that indicate different volumes inside.
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