Re: Fwd: Question re. audits in Wisconsin

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 06 2006 - 10:18:36 CST

The questions for any random number generator are:
  1. What is the seed, and how is it chosen?
  2. Does the same seed result in the same list of pseudo random numbers?
  Note: good random number generators use functions involving very precise clocks or pi or some other function that will NOT allow ready prediction of a deterministic result. All random number generators are not created equal.
  The real question, then, is still the transparancy of the process. How are things done and who gets to know about it and who controls how it works?
  -- Dick

Kathy Dopp <> wrote:
  I have this same question for Utah - although they may select a different random number generator program.

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From: Paul Malischke <>
Date: Nov 5, 2006 9:14 PM
Subject: audits in Wisconsin

  The Wisconsin State Elections Board completed the procedure for audits of vote counts over the weekend. They plan to use Excel's random number generator for selecting which areas are audited. I am not familiar with this. Does it meet our goal of a transparent method of selection?
  The procedures are at
  Thanks for your help,
  Paul Malischke

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