We all know how

If my program needs a couple thousand random inputs, can I expect

Does the answer change if I need a couple million random numbers?

`rand()`

works. Seed it once, and it produces a string of pseudo-random numbers.If my program needs a couple thousand random inputs, can I expect

`rand()`

to reliably produce these numbers with reasonable randomness with just one seed? Or should I reseed it at some point?Does the answer change if I need a couple million random numbers?

The only problem I can think of is if you generate more numbers than rand()'s period so that the sequence of random numbers will then repeat. A couple of million numbers shouldn't be a problem unless your implementation of rand() is crap. If you want something better you could try another random generator like Mersenne twister that has very long period of 2^{19937}−1. Mersenne twister was added to C++ in C++11.

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