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Does using rng guarantee having exactly the same result in each simulation?

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Zeynab Mousavikhamene
Zeynab Mousavikhamene on 25 Apr 2020
I am using rng to be able to reproduce data in each simulation. But I noticed there is a slightly difference for the result in each simulation (around 1%). Is it normal?


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 25 Apr 2020
If you call it with exactly the same seed value and generator, then yes.
I am not convinced that is always true when MATLAB automatically invokes the multithreaded high-performance libraries. It might be the case that those libraries take care to handle partial results in a consistent order, but I do not know if they do.
Zeynab Mousavikhamene
Zeynab Mousavikhamene on 25 Apr 2020
@Stephen Cobeldick:
My qustion was that when I use rng(1) in the loop I get different answer compared to when I use rng(1) on its own (around 1% of difference).
Zeynab Mousavikhamene
Zeynab Mousavikhamene on 25 Apr 2020
@Walter Roberson:
I edited the comment and added clearer explanation (more clue):
I am using rng in a loop sth like this:
for i=1:..
for rng_idx=10:-1:1
for i=1 and rng_idx=1 I get the same answer compared to when not having for loop for rng_idx and with setting rng(1). But for the rest, I get different answer e.g. I mean for i=2 and rng_idx=1 I get different answer when I used for i=2 without any loop for rng and with setting rng(1)

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