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Copyright © 2009, 2010 Steven Watanabe

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**Table of Contents**

Random numbers are useful in a variety of applications. The Boost Random Number Library (Boost.Random for short) provides a variety of generators and distributions to produce random numbers having useful properties, such as uniform distribution.

You should read the concepts documentation for an introduction and the definition of the basic concepts. For a quick start, it may be sufficient to have a look at random_demo.cpp.

For a very quick start, here's an example:

`boost::random::mt19937`

rng; // produces randomness out of thin air // see pseudo-random number generators`boost::random::uniform_int_distribution`

<> six(1,6); // distribution that maps to 1..6 // see random number distributions int x = six(rng); // simulate rolling a die