Note: This module was an implementation detail of the random module in releases of Python prior to 2.1. It is no longer used. Please do not use this module directly; use random instead.
This module implements a Wichmann-Hill pseudo-random number generator class that is also named whrandom. Instances of the whrandom class conform to the Random Number Generator interface described in the docs for the random module. They also offer the following method, specific to the Wichmann-Hill algorithm:
|[x, y, z])|
0, the seed will be computed from the current system time. If one or two of the parameters are
0, but not all three, the zero values are replaced by ones. This causes some apparently different seeds to be equal, with the corresponding result on the pseudo-random series produced by the generator.
Other supported methods include:
|x, y, z)|
When imported, the whrandom module also creates an instance of
the whrandom class, and makes the methods of that instance
available at the module level. Therefore one can write either
N = whrandom.random() or:
generator = whrandom.whrandom() N = generator.random()
Note that using separate instances of the generator leads to independent sequences of pseudo-random numbers.
Wichmann, B. A. & Hill, I. D., ``Algorithm AS 183: An efficient and portable pseudo-random number generator'', Applied Statistics 31 (1982) 188-190.