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Follow these steps to minimize problems:
- Always remember to seed the generator before using it (discarding any returned value).
- Use seeds that are "somewhat random", i.e. have a good mixture of bits, e.g. 2731774 or 10293082 instead of 1 or 4096 or some other power of two.
- Avoid sequential seeds: they may cause correlations.
- Compare results using at least two generators.
- When publishing, indicate generator used.