What is random?

  • (adj): Lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance.
    Example: "A random choice"; "bombs fell at random"; "random movements"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Randomness means different things in various fields. Commonly, it means lack of pattern or predictability in events.

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Some articles on random:

Random Password Generator - Stronger Methods
... A variety of methods exist for generating strong, cryptographically secure random passwords ... On Unix platforms /dev/random and /dev/urandom are commonly used, either programmatically or in conjunction with a program such as makepasswd ... FIPS 181—Automated Password Generator—describes a standard process for converting random bits (from a hardware random number generator) into somewhat ...
Vanguard Press - Institutional History - Sale To Random House
... of the Vanguard Press for 36 years when, in October 1988, the company was sold to Random House ... The valuable 500-title backlist of the Vanguard Press was merged into that of Random House, although for 10 years they were to be identified on the ... "Random House will take good care of our books and authors," Shrifte said ...
Random Permutation
... A random permutation is a random ordering of a set of objects, that is, a permutation-valued random variable ... The use of random permutations is often fundamental to fields that use randomized algorithms such as coding theory, cryptography, and simulation ... A good example of a random permutation is the shuffling of a deck of cards this is ideally a random permutation of the 52 cards ...
Maurice Kendall - London School of Economics
... that the movement of shares on the stock market was random i.e ... This ultimately led to the creation of the Random Walk Hypothesis, and the closely related efficient-market hypothesis which states that random price movements indicate a well-functioning or efficient market ...
Uniform Integrability - Related Corollaries
... If is a UI random variable, by splitting and bounding each of the two, it can be seen that a uniformly integrable random variable is always bounded in ... It can also be shown that any random variable will satisfy clause 2 in Definition 2 ... If any sequence of random variables is dominated by an integrable, non-negative that is, for all ω and n, then the class of random variables is uniformly integrable ...

More definitions of "random":

  • (adj): Taken haphazardly.
    Example: "A random choice"

Famous quotes containing the word random:

    ... the random talk of people who have no chance of immortality and thus can speak their minds out has a setting, often, of lights, streets, houses, human beings, beautiful or grotesque, which will weave itself into the moment for ever.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    We should stop looking to law to provide the final answer.... Law cannot save us from ourselves.... We have to go out and try to accomplish our goals and resolve disagreements by doing what we think is right. That energy and resourcefulness, not millions of legal cubicles, is what was great about America. Let judgment and personal conviction be important again.
    Philip K. Howard, U.S. lawyer. The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, pp. 186-87, Random House (1994)

    It is a secret from nobody that the famous random event is most likely to arise from those parts of the world where the old adage “There is no alternative to victory” retains a high degree of plausibility.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)