PySkein contains a PRNG designed according to the Skein specification and based on Skein-512 by default. It is implemented in Python as a subclass of the standard library’s random.Random class and can therefore be used in the same way. The seed may be given as a bytes object:
>>> import skein >>> r = skein.Random(b"some seed value") >>> r.random() 0.12674259115116804
or any other hashable object - in which case random.Random is used internally to derive a bytes seed:
>>> skein.Random(12345).random() 0.45049832112229127
The same happens when no seed is given, so that the initial state is then derived from a suitable system source of randomness (like /dev/urandom or the time):
>>> r = skein.Random() >>> r.random() 0.9696830103216001
You may also directly read bytes from the random stream:
>>> r = skein.Random(b"seed") >>> r.read(10) b'\xfe\xe6j\x8d\xb6\xe9B\x00\tk'
All other methods of skein.Random are based on random(). For their documentation please refer to the Python documentation.