Bad Random Generators

Due to a nice idea by the forum user „rosenm“, EMT now shows the angle of a view in the user controlled mode of plot3d(). Here is an example where this is useful.

It is well known that random generators of the form

\(K_{n+1} = (aK_n+c) \mod m\)

can be bad. To demonstrate this, I used the following code.

>m=2^31; a=65539; c=5;

The distribution itself does not look bad. but the dependence of three consecutive values shows a problem. Here is the plot.



The triplets concentrate on planes which are only visible at certain angles. How did I find the angle that worked? For this, it is very useful to see the actual parameters of view during the interaction with the plot.

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