25th Annual Symposium onFoundations of Computer Science, 1984. (1984)

Singer Island, FL

Oct. 24, 1984 to Oct. 26, 1984

ISBN: 0-8186-0591-X

pp: 434-440

M. Santha , University of California

ABSTRACT

Several applications require truly random bit sequences, whereas physical sources of randomness are at best imperfect. We consider a general model for these slightly-random sources (e,g. zener diodes), and show how to convert their output into 'random looking ' sequences, which we call quasi -random. We show that quasi-random sequences are indistinguishable from truly random ones in a strong sense. This enables us to prove that quasi-random sequences can be used in place of truly random ones for applications such as seeds for pseudo-random number generators, randomizing algorithms, and stochastic simulation experiments.

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U. Vazirani and M. Santha, "Generating Quasi-Random Sequences From Slightly-Random Sources,"

*25th Annual Symposium onFoundations of Computer Science, 1984.(FOCS)*, Singer Island, FL, 1984, pp. 434-440.

doi:10.1109/SFCS.1984.715945

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