pseudorandom

adjective

pseu·​do·​ran·​dom ˌsü-dō-ˈran-dəm How to pronounce pseudorandom (audio)
: being or involving entities (such as numbers) that are selected by a definite computational process but that satisfy one or more standard tests for statistical randomness

Examples of pseudorandom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Feeding the pseudorandom bits (instead of the random ones) into a probabilistic algorithm will result in an efficient deterministic one for the same problem. Quanta Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 This world of pseudorandom numbers is exotic and full of open problems. Christopher Lutsko, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 The number produced by Google is also pseudorandom. Christopher Lutsko, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 To piece together the chemical image, the machine-learning model relies on the pseudorandom patterns the sandpaper casts on the sample to create what are called structured X-rays. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Jan. 2024 Mattheus and Verstraete now needed to prove that this graph was pseudorandom. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 22 June 2023 Its movements are pseudorandom, controlled by a central pattern generator receiving input from a variety of environmental sensors. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 16 Jan. 2023 That won’t make any detectable difference to the end user, assuming the end user can’t distinguish the pseudorandom numbers from truly random ones. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 Every 12 seconds, a pseudorandom number generator selects a subset of stakers to form a committee to decide on the next block. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pseudorandom was in 1949

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“Pseudorandom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudorandom. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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