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Currently has quite a vague tag wiki: "Governed by or involving equal chances for each item." doesn't have tag wiki at all.

When should tags and be used?

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I feel a bit cautious about using the word PRNG, since it is not always used the same way by everyone.

  • Sometimes it is used to refer to the thing that you use to generate entropy for a random seed or a random crypto key (think: /dev/random or /dev/urandom or CryptGenRandom).

  • Other times, it is used to refer to a crypto algorithm that accepts a short seed/key and produces a long sequence of pseudorandom output (think: RC4, AES-CTR).

  • Still other times, it is used to refer to a non-cryptographic algorithm for pseudorandom numbers (think: rand()).

This means there is some opportunity for ambiguity in what refers to. Personally, I'm not sure we want to take a stance on this terminological question on this site.

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PRNG should be used specifically when talking about PRNG, whereas Random can apply to any random source.

You can always edit in the tag wiki if you like :-)

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