This question was actually asking why correctly generated random numbers exhibited repeated sequences of values in the low bits. It was tagged as a duplicate of another question asking why the author kept getting the same number every time (answer: s/he was incorrectly reinitializing the generator between calls). The two cases are quite distinct and have completely different explanations for the observed behavior.

I'm not an author/responder for either question, but I'd like to see the moderation corrected because the first question identifies an important issue in random number generation that is completely unrelated to the second question.

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    status-completed; the question has now been reopened. Sep 2, 2013 at 19:53
  • Is there a way to remove the inappropriate cross-link to the other question?
    – pjs
    Sep 2, 2013 at 19:58
  • The link in the right-hand 'linked' list? I think that that is cached and will be updated soon enough. Do you care that much? Sep 2, 2013 at 20:00
  • @MartijnPieters Since the question in the right-hand 'linked' list is actually unrelated I don't see any point in maintaining the link, but it's not a big deal. More curious than anything else.
    – pjs
    Sep 2, 2013 at 20:02

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I agree. The questions are different. I voted to reopen. For the record, it was not closed by a moderator, but by 5 3K+ users.

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