# Why are there so many random generators in R?

A quick look at the help page of the random number generator of R shows that you can choose among 7 predefined generators (Wichmann-Hill, Marsaglia-Multicarry, Super-Duper, Mersenne-Twister, Knuth-TAOCP-2002, Knuth-TAOCP, L'Ecuyer-CMRG).

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The default is Mersenne-Twister, which seems to be very good. So why would you ever need to use another one?

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