Solved – Testing random variate generation algorithms

Which methods are used for testing random variate generation algorithms?

The Diehard Test Suite is something close to a Golden Standard for testing random number generators. It includes a number of tests where a good random number generator should produce result distributed according to some know distribution against which the outcome using the tested generator can then be compared.


I have to update this since I was not exactly right: Diehard might still be used a lot, but it is no longer maintained and not state-of-the-art anymore. NIST has come up with a set of improved tests since.

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