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random

(1)
Unpredictable (closest to mathematical definition); weird. "The system's been behaving pretty randomly."

random

(2)
Assorted; undistinguished. "Who was at the conference?" "Just a bunch of random business types."

random

(3)
(pejorative) Frivolous; unproductive; undirected. "He's just a random loser."

random

(4)
Incoherent or inelegant; poorly chosen; not well organised. "The program has a random set of misfeatures." "That's a random name for that function." "Well, all the names were chosen pretty randomly."

random

(5)
In no particular order, though deterministic. "The I/O channels are in a pool, and when a file is opened one is chosen randomly."

random

(6)
Arbitrary. "It generates a random name for the scratch file."

random

(7)
Gratuitously wrong, i.e. poorly done and for no good apparent reason. For example, a program that handles file name defaulting in a particularly useless way, or an assembler routine that could easily have been coded using only three registers, but redundantly uses seven for values with non-overlapping lifetimes, so that no one else can invoke it without first saving four extra registers. What randomness!

random

(8)
A random hacker; used particularly of high-school students who soak up computer time and generally get in the way.

random

(9)
Anyone who is not a hacker (or, sometimes, anyone not known to the hacker speaking). "I went to the talk, but the audience was full of randoms asking bogus questions".

10. (occasional MIT usage) One who lives at Random Hall. See also J. Random, some random X.
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The crowd followed me in a body, and cleared a place for me at the table; after which, I proceeded to stake as before--that is to say, at random and without calculating.
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The last decades have witnesse danenormous effort in the fields of parameters uncertainty and random or stochastic differential processes.
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Scientists believe that the ability to behave in a way that appears random arises from some of the most highly developed cognitive processes in humans, and may be connected to abilities such as human creativity.
Based on the idea of randomizing functional space theory, a new approach to random functional analysis was initiated by Guo in [1-3]; in particular, the study of random normed modules and random inner product modules together with their random conjugate spaces was already the central theme in random functional analysis in [2, 3].
"Kindness Counts" is an inspirational story about a boy learning how doing random acts of kindness works to help you grow.

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