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Java’s Random Number Generators • Java has a class called Math.Random , which provides a variety of pseudorandom generators. How might we use these in the cinema cashier simulation? • One method there generates real numbers (doubles) that are uniformly distributed between 0 and 1. Rather than have a customer arrive every 15 seconds like clockwork, we could have them arrive after 10 + 10*rand seconds, so they would be uniform between 10 and 20.
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Unformatted text preview: Since the number of seconds is an integer, we could throw a ten-sided die and add the result to 10 to get the number of seconds. The more likely realistic choice is a Gaussian (Normal) Distribution. We could get a series of arrival times where they average 15, and 95% are between 10 and 20, by using 15 + 2.5*gaussian. Math.Random has a method for this....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course COMPSCI 187 taught by Professor Barrington during the Fall '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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