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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv randomly in a random manner "the houses were randomly scattered","bullets were fired into the crowd at random"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random and being guided for the day by whatever verse they see first.
    • adv Randomly In a random manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Code of Hammurabi made it forbidden to randomly mistreat slaves. However, the code also stated that slaves were to be branded on the forehead and forbidden to hide or mask the mark.
    • randomly In a random manner; at random, or without aim, purpose, or guidance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The movie "Clue" has three different endings. Each ending was randomly chosen for different theaters. All three endings are present in the home video.
    • adv Randomly without direction: by chance
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  • Italo Calvino
    “Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
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    “Most people are content to let perfect days happen at random rather than PLAN for them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. randon, urgency, haste; from Teut.; Ger. rand, a brim.


In literature:

Looking back they dimly saw the horsemen, riding at random, evidently at a loss.
"The Guns of Bull Run" by Joseph A. Altsheler
She had turned at random, on coming out of the house; and she was in a part of the town she did not know.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
He explores the specimen, goes the round of it, scratches a little at random.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
She had not allowed herself to be taken at random and by surprise.
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
Mr. Random, won't you lend a hand towards saving my precious limb!
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
He played without music, seemingly at random, vilely, unconcernedly.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
Headings of certain random adventures he gave.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
It was true he nodded at random.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Two examples taken almost at random will give the idea.
"Zone Policeman 88" by Harry A. Franck
Believe me; I do not speak at random.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
Then suddenly the guards began to loose random volleys at the roof and brought down hundredweights of splintered stalactite.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
These he stationed in front of the church and fired them into it at random.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
The people of the inn (which I chose at random) cannot have loved me much.
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
Otherwise they would assuredly have made some effort, beyond the firing of two random shots, to avert their fate.
"With Drake on the Spanish Main" by Herbert Strang
But it does not vary at random; it varies in what seem to be fairly definite, common, and determinable ways.
"Vocational Psychology: Its Problems and Methods" by Harry L. Hollingworth
He did not answer, but she heard him coming towards her, moving at random, striking against the table, overturning a chair.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
Now you just say 'black' or 'red' at random, as it comes into your head.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres
Bright never gives an opinion at random or off-hand.
"Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches" by Justin McCarthy
A few entries may be taken at random.
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
I have painted Random; I mean to give it you if you will accept it.
"The Runaways" by Nat Gould

In poetry:

Pity those missed by Cupid's darts,
For 'twas ordained for such,
Who love at random, but whose hearts
Feel no responsive touch.
"Missed." by Alfred Castner King
We sang old love-songs on the way
In sad and merry snatches,
Your fingers o'er the strings astray
Strumming the random catches.
"Reminiscence" by John Charles McNeill
The breeze so softly blew it made
No forest leaf to quiver,
And the smoke of the random cannonade
Rolled slowly from the river.
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
Love, Love! but not the sportive child
With shaft and twanging bow,
Whose random arrows drove us wild
Some threescore years ago;
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh! say not, dream not, heavenly notes
To childish ears are vain,
That the young mind at random floats,
And cannot reach the strain.
"Cathchism" by John Keble
Vainly hiss a thousand arrows,
Launched at random through the foam;
Every stroke the distance narrows
Twixt him and his desert home.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Executive's Role Stirs Rumors at Random House.
In a move that shocked officials of the publishing industry, Howard Kaminsky - who was widely regarded as the heir apparent at Random House - resigned as the company's publisher yesterday.
Hollywood by Gore Vidal Random House, 437 pp.
Here are some things about me that are random, but true.
Five awesomely random things Nick Cave has done lately.
Random House, David G Christen.
They had made the mistake of going into the Slater Slums of Huntington Beach, the city's traditional barrio, to kill a random Mexican.
They had made the mistake of going into the Slater Slums of Huntington Beach, California, the city's traditional barrio, to kill a random Mexican.
Within a month 30 had been recaptured because of random biometric checks.
Random Foods That Make You Bloat .
JOAN GOULD's most recent book is "Spirals" (Random House) Published: December 18, 1988.
Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4.5 hours, Random House Audio.
DNP Random ThingsMarcus Klinko & IndraniShe's got leggings and knows how to sell them.
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh Random House, 475 pp.
That's just one of the questions being asked in a randomized trial being conducted by noted researcher, Timothy Carey, MD.

In science:

A technically important issue for TRNG is its efficiency to extract true random bit from random events, ηTRNG, which is defined as the number of random bits per random event.
A bias free true random number generator
In the case where T = 1, the weak Chaitin T -randomness and Martin-L¨of T -randomness result in weak Chaitin randomness and Martin-L¨of randomness, respectively.
Partial randomness and dimension of recursively enumerable reals
Random network model: symmetric and asymmetric random links We consider random networks−networks with random links or with a random protocol.
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology
Random walks are a natural and thoroughly studied approach to randomized graph exploration. A simple random walk is a stochastic process that starts at one node of a graph and at each step moves from the current node to an adjacent node chosen randomly and uniformly from the neighbors of the current node.
Simple Random Walks on Radio Networks (Simple Random Walks on Hyper-Graphs)
Random Walks on Hyper-Graphs as Random Walks on Bi-Partite Graphs We can describe the simple random walks on an hyper-graph H(V, E ) as a simple random walk Z (t), t > 0 on the following bi-partite graph B(H) = G(V ∪ E, EB ).
Simple Random Walks on Radio Networks (Simple Random Walks on Hyper-Graphs)
In the theory of algorithmic randomness, several notions of random sequence are defined via a game-theoretic approach, and the notions that received most attention are perhaps Martin-L¨of randomness and computable randomness.
Separations of non-monotonic randomness notions
Throughout this paper we will refer to open uniform random chains and to closed uniform random chains as uniform random walks and uniform random polygons respectively.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
Random key graphs, also known as uniform random intersection graphs, are random graphs that belong to the class of random intersection graphs .
Zero-one laws for connectivity in random key graphs
Random key graphs are random graphs that belong to the class of random intersection graphs ; in fact they are sometimes called uniform random intersection graphs by some authors [6, 7].
A zero-one law for the existence of triangles in random key graphs
Key words and phrases: Asymptotic direction; exit from cones; inhomogeneous random walk; perturbed random walk; random walk in random environment.
Angular asymptotics for multi-dimensional non-homogeneous random walks with asymptotically zero drift
In Section 1 we define the random walk in dynamic random environment, introduce a space-time mixing property for the random environment called cone-mixing, and state our law of large numbers for the random walk sub ject to cone-mixing.
Law of large numbers for a class of random walks in dynamic random environments
If P = (N (ω ), L(ω )) and P ′ = (N ′ (ω ), L′ (ω )) are two random filtration pairs for S (ω ), then the induced random maps, φP and φP ′ on the corresponding random pointed spaces, are random shift equivalent.
A sufficient condition for bifurcation in random dynamical systems
From Theorem (4.14) we conclude that the random motions Xm (t) with random time Γ(t) is equivW, where W ∼ alent in distribution, to the random motion X0 (t) with a random time given by Γ(t) B (1, vm ), which maintains the velocity initially chosen until t.
Stochastic velocity motions and processes with random time
Abstract In this paper is proved the limit theorem for randomly indexed sequence of random processes in the case where sequences of random index and random processes are independent, also the estimation of convergence rate is obtained.
Limit theorem for randomly indexed sequence of random processes
Random walk in random scenery; random walk on randomly oriented lattices; local limit theorem; stable process This research was supported by the french ANR pro jects MEMEMO and RANDYMECA.
A local limit theorem for random walks in random scenery and on randomly oriented lattices