Portable random number generation.
Yukari Hafner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
## About random-state This is a collection of pseudo random number generators (PRNGs). While Common Lisp does provide a ``RANDOM`` function, it does not allow the user to pass an explicit seed, nor to portably exchange the random state between implementations. This can be a headache in cases like games, where a controlled seeding process is very useful. ## How To For both curiosity and convenience, this library offers multiple algorithms to generate random numbers, as well as a bunch of generally useful methods to produce desired ranges. :: common lisp (loop with generator = (random-state:make-generator :mersenne-twister-32 123) repeat 10 collect (random-state:random-int generator 0 10)) ; => (8 10 9 5 3 10 9 2 9 2) :: Several methods to compute random numbers in certain ranges are provided in advance: ``random-byte``, ``random-bytes``, ``random-sequence``, ``random-unit``, ``random-float``, and ``random-int``. Each of those can also be used with just the name of the generator you'd like to use as the first argument, in which case a global instance will be used. For generators that are hash-based, such as ``squirrel``, additional noise functions are provided: ``random-1d``, ``random-2d``, and ``random-3d``, and some functions to manipulate the stepping of the generator: ``index``, and ``rewind``.