Bill Jackson wrote:

Is there a preferred random library?

scipy.random

random

Besides scipy's library returning ndarrays, is there any other

advantage/disadvantage?

numpy.random (since that's where scipy.random comes from, I recommend always

referring to it as numpy.random) can be a bit faster since it is implemented as

entirely an extension module; parts of random are implemented in Python and

incur Python function call overhead. It's certainly faster if you need a lot of

numbers at once. numpy.random has several more non-uniform distributions

implemented.

numpy.random does not implement jumpahead(). random, naturally, does not require

a third-party package.

By and large, I'd say the distinguishing factor is whether or not you want to

use numpy in your program. If so, then use numpy.random. If not, then use random.

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