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Date:   Tue, 2 Dec 2003 20:42:43 +0000
Reply-To:   John Whittington <John.W@MEDISCIENCE.CO.UK>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   John Whittington <John.W@MEDISCIENCE.CO.UK>
Subject:   Re: ***PROBLEM USING RANUNI AND FLOOR FUNCTION TO CREATEFAKE DATA***
Comments:   To: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
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At 12:27 02/12/03 -0700, Jack Hamilton wrote:

>I'm not sure where this is documented, but it doesn't appear that the >two ranuni random number streams are independent of each other.

Jack, the pint is that the RANUNI Function (as oppsoed to the corresponding CALL RANUNI routine), and all similar functions, only generate a SINGLE pseudo-random number stream within a DATA step, regardless of how many times the function occurs within the step. In contrast, each occurrence of CALL RANUNI within a step generates a separate stream.

Historically, this difference of behaviour of the two approaches is documented under the CALL routine, not the function, although documentation for the latter does refer one to the CALL routine documentation 'for further details'.

Kind Regards,

John

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