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Comment author: Tyrrell_McAllister 23 January 2010 10:34:57PM *  5 points [-]

I think that this is a better de-randomization: Presumably there is some set S of numbers that have been observed to pass Diehard tests reliably. The de-randomized algorithm is simply to read off S. Computationally, this is cheaper than generating your own random set and reading it off.

ETA: And, if I'm not mistaken, if S has already been observed to pass Diehard tests reliably, then it is even more likely to pass them in the future than is a newly generated random set.