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    randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    It seems there is a word "randomest" (superative) but no "randomer" (comparative).

    Given this information, I wonder if you use these forms interchangeably.

    1. He selected the candidate in the randomest way.
    2. He selected the candidate in a randomer way than she did.
    3. He selected the candidate in the most random way.
    4. He selected the candidate in a more randomer way than she did.

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    Re: randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    A series is either random or periodic. It's not possible for something to be more random than something else.
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    Re: randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A series is either random or periodic. It's not possible for something to be more random than something else.
    In terms of the level of randomness in integers between 0 and 9, 0<1<2.

    0. 12123322123123123312341231231
    1. 21321332145313490112123123131
    2. 15421901871982710297819038761

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    Re: randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Why would anyone want a comparative and a superlative for 'random' anyway? It's not a question of randomness, it's a question of how uniformly distributed the objects are.
    Yes, in a natural setting which was created by God, there is no comparison in randomness. However, suppose someone created a random function like randomize() which generates random numbers. Depending on the quality of the function or whether the user initialize the starting value, randomness changes.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jun-2017 at 08:37. Reason: Pruning quote.

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    Re: randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    On reflection I've come to realize that randomest may actually exist in casual speech. Some people use "random" as a pejorative term for "not thought out". Such a person (Bill Gates is a famous example) might well say That's the randomest thing I've ever heard.
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    Re: randomer/randomest/more random/most random

    Returning to the original post, grammatically-speaking only the first three sentence are correct. Instead of 2. and 4. you could say:

    He selected the candidate in a more random way than she did.
    He selected the candidate more randomly than she did.

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