Algorithms for randomness in the behavioral sciences: A tutorial

  • Marc Brysbaert
Computer Technology

DOI: 10.3758/BF03203334

Cite this article as:
Brysbaert, M. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers (1991) 23: 45. doi:10.3758/BF03203334


Simulations and experiments frequently demand the generation of random numbers that have specific distributions. This article describes which distributions should be used for. the most common problems and gives algorithms to generate the numbers. It is also shown that a commonly used permutation algorithm (Nilsson, 1978) is deficient.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Brysbaert
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  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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