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There are many valid uses of random numbers besides genetic
algorithms.  Many quicksort implementations use randomness,
for example.  But any such use will leave the temptation to
tweak the state of the random number generator so as to
improve the result.

I'd like to make another suggestion, in the spirit of
friendly competition.  Currently the Mathworks folks provide
recognition to players who win various phases of the
contest.  But this doesn't always capture all the wonderful
things that people have contributed to the solution.  I'd
like to suggest the idea of players recognizing other
players who have achieved something notable during the
contest, but perhaps didn't win a prize for it.  I can't
nominate anyone myself because I didn't follow the contest
in daylight, but perhaps someone else can.