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Math::BigInt::Random

Module Version: 0.04
Math::BigInt::Random -- arbitrary sized random integers

Random number generator for arbitrarily large integers. Uses the Math::BigInt module to handle the generated values. This module exports a single function called random_bigint, which returns a single random Math::BigInt number of the specified range or size.

use Math::BigInt; use Math::BigInt::Random qw/ random_bigint /; print "random by max : ", random_bigint( max => '10000000000000000000000000'), "\n", "random by max and min : ", random_bigint( min => '7000000000000000000000000', max => '10000000000000000000000000'), "\n", "random by length (base 10): ", random_bigint( length => 20 ), "\n", "random by length (base 16) :", random_bigint( length_hex => 1, length => 20)->as_hex, "\n"; "random by length (base 2) :", random_bigint( length_bin => 1, length => 319)->as_bin, "\n"; "random from random.org" :", random_bigint( max => '3333333333333333000000000000000000000000', min => '3333333333333300000000000000000000000000', use_internet => 1);

This module exports a single function called random_bigint, which returns a single random Math::BigInt of arbitrary size.

Parameters to the function are given in paired hash style:

max => $max, the maximum integer that can be returned. Either the 'max' or the 'length' parameter is mandatory. If both max and length are given, only the 'max' parameter will be used. Note that the max must be >= 1. min => $min, which specifies the minimum integer that can be returned. length => $required_length, which specifies the number of digits (with most significant digit not 0). Note that if max is specified, length will be ignored. However, if max is not specified, length is a required argument. length_hex => 1, which specifies that, if length is used, the length is that of the base 16 number, not the base 10 number which is the default for the length. length_bin => 1, which specifies that, if length is used, the length is that of the base 2 number, not the base 10 number which is the default for the length. Note that, due to discarding half the possible random numbers due to random generation of a most significant place digit of 0, this method is about half as efficient as when an exact maximum and minimum are given instead. use_internet => 1, which specifies that the random.org website will be used for random number generation. Note this is NOT secure, since anyone monitoring the connnection might be able to read the numbers that are received. It is quite random, however.

William Herrera (wherrera@skylightview.com)

Copyright (C) 2007 William Hererra. All Rights Reserved. This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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