Enterprise Technology and Mathematics: This Blog is Totally Random
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James Quigley
Oct 9, 2019

Reading and understanding new definitions is a crucial skill for any developer to have. Whether it is the next big library, major version updates to your favorite framework, or even stepping into a new codebase with complex ERDs (entity relationship diagrams). As a math fan/evangelist I want to put those mental muscles to work in a two part series on random numbers. In today’s blog we will take a deeper look at the definition of a “random number” to understand how it can pose a problem in the world of computing. In a follow up blog I will cover the…

Enterprise Technology and Mathematics: This Blog Isn’t Random at All
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James Quigley
Feb 6, 2019

In my last enterprise technology and mathematics article I made a big deal about how, in computer programming, we use the phrase “pseudo random number” and how the Wolfram Alpha definition of a random number used the magic words “as if by chance” when describing their generation. Industrious readers will have gone on to see that Wolfram states “It is impossible to produce an arbitrarily long string of random digits and prove it is random.” However, we still need random numbers in programming to control things from video game mechanics to the shuffle button on Spotify. It’s easy enough to…

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