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Problem 14

Summarize a research paper

Due: January 26
Points: 2

Here is a research paper from a few years ago that looks at just how random the keys used in cryptography really are. I want you to read the article in its entirety (although you might not be familiar with some of the background or details), and write a summary of 1 page more or less.

In your summary, emphasize what methods the researchers used to conduct their investigation, what findings did they gather, and what conclusions they (or you) make from the data. Be sure to discuss how this relates to our class, which is about random numbers in computing.