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Acknowledgments:

Research supported by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), project no. P11143-MAT and P12441-MAT. The author wishes to thank the PLAB-group, Salzburg, for supporting his work, especially the head of the group Peter Hellekalek for many helpfull suggestions. Many thanks to Jürgen Eichenauer-Herrmann, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany, for the strong support with theoretical verifications of certain spectral tests.

Many thanks also to several people for their support concerning informations on random number generators: Ulrich Dieter, Technische Universität Graz; Daniel Dubois, Waterloo Maple Inc.; Neal Gaarder, Cray Research; Jörg Hintelman, Universität Essen; Jack P.C. Kleijnen, Tilburg University; Gerhard Larcher, Universität Salzburg; Pierre L`Ecuyer, University of Montreal; Michael Mascagni, University of Southern Mississippi; Cleve Moler, MathWorks, Inc.; Geoffrey Morgan and Gareth Shaw, NAG Ltd.; Jim Mott, SPSS Inc.; Peter J. Moylan, University of Newcastle; Harald Niederreiter, Austrian Academy of Sciences; Jean O'Reilly, SYMIX-APS & Simulation Development; Albert D. Rich, Soft Warehouse, Inc.; Ernst Stadlober, Technische Universität Graz; Robert G. Sargent, Syracuse University; Christoph Singer, Universität Passau;



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