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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.1.964

A Field RNG Experiment: Use of a Digital RNG at Movie Theaters

Takeshi Shimizu, Kitaro Yamamoto, Masato Ishikawa


Over the past two decades, field RNG studies have reported anomalous statistical biases when a coherent event evokes emotions from an audience. A hardware device must be dedicated to generate true random numbers. Recent Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU has an internal RNG, called a Digital RNG (Drng), which uses thermal noise. Using RdRand command, the present study involved a repeated-design field RNG experiment at theaters showing the movies Gekijo Rei (13 times), Star Wars Episode 7 (5 times), and Zang-e (8 times) to confirm this device’s sensitivity to anomalies. The Drng chi-square results showed a positive bias eight times during Zang-e, whereas no bias was detected during the other movies. No differences or correlations were found among the other kinds of RNG devices, suggesting that RNGs behave independently from each other. Drng outputs could be a useful way to apply micro PK studies in the absence of access to a dedicated device.


Ivy Bridge; RdRand; Japanese horror movies; thermal noise

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