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randomness

(1)
An inexplicable misfeature; gratuitous inelegance.

randomness

(2)
A hack or crock that depends on a complex combination of coincidences (or, possibly, the combination upon which the crock depends for its accidental failure to malfunction). "This hack can output characters 40--57 by putting the character in the four bit accumulator field of an XCT and then extracting six bits - the low 2 bits of the XCT opcode are the right thing." "What randomness!"

randomness

(3)
Of people, synonymous with "flakiness". The connotation is that the person so described is behaving weirdly, incompetently, or inappropriately for reasons which are (a) too tiresome to bother inquiring into, (b) are probably as inscrutable as quantum phenomena anyway, and (c) are likely to pass with time. "Maybe he has a real complaint, or maybe it's just randomness. See if he calls back."
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So, if we are going to be sure of keeping our data secure wherever our applications run, we need to create a source of entropy or randomness that will span our entire application environment and stand the test of time, even withstand the arrival quantum computers.
Helpful here is the clarification of "strong" versus "weak" randomness, with the former involving stochastic (causal) processes constituted by indiscriminate and hence probabilistically equivalent processes of elemental replacements that are invariant over time (so that mutations are no more or less likely to occur at any site of that process), and with the latter involving same processes that are either discriminate (hence probabilistically un-equivalent) or variant over time, or both.
This question of the randomness of planetary history interests us humans personally but is also relevant to the search for life on other planets, especially the Earth-size ones that we have been discovering around other stars: can we make predictions about the possibility of life (primitive or advanced) existing there, or is it all random and subject to the rocks that happened to hit them at some point in their history?
This concatenated Bseq is then tested for randomness.
While evaluating the harvest totals in the first experiment, there was randomness in the production regardless of the unit size.
Taleb tried to prove the axiom that randomness rules the market in the long run with examples (method of exposition).
It is useful to consider randomness in two key mathematical contexts: random ness as used in chance devices (where it is theoretically possible to generate infinite populations from single trials), and randomness in measurement context (where there is a finite population of fixed yet undetermined values that sampling aims to discern).
Randomness drives things on the way a drunken driver gets from here to there: in fits and starts with lots of detours to avoid the roadblocks and breathalyzers.
On the opposing wall hung a speculative essay written by the artist using this story as a starting point for reflections on how to live with randomness.
The randomness of the attack and the age of the children shocked China.
Randomness and uncertainty are not occasional deviations from the 'true' principles upon which life is built.