i want to write a random function that returns different values in every run.and also takes a variable that defines the limits of the random number.

ex:

random1(100)

it returns a floating points from 0 to 100

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- 05-12-2002Unregisteredrandom number
i want to write a random function that returns different values in every run.and also takes a variable that defines the limits of the random number.

ex:

random1(100)

it returns a floating points from 0 to 100 - 05-12-2002Prelude
Perhaps you could find answers to this common question by searching these boards.

-Prelude - 05-12-2002stautze
Just create a random number of any any value and then use the modulas operator (%) to mod it by 101. Very simple.

ps. If you don't know how to create a random number, there us function is the standard library calle rand() that wiil do this. (it is not a truely random number though) - 05-12-2002Prelude
>Just create a random number of any any value and then use the

>modulas operator (%) to mod it by 101. Very simple.

Assuming you're talking about something like this:

r = rand() % 101;

If not, ignore the rest of this post. There's a problem when using % with rand, it's not very random with lower ranges when you use the low order bits that a construct like this works with. So when you're not working with very large ranges of values, you should use the high order bits by dividing from RAND_MAX. Run this a few times and you'll see that using % with rand isn't quite as random as you may prefer.

Code:`#include <time.h>`

#include <stdio.h>

#include <stdlib.h>

int main ( void )

{

int x;

srand ( (unsigned)time ( NULL ) );

for ( x = 0; x < 10; x++ ) {

printf ( "%d\t", ( rand() * 5 ) / RAND_MAX );

printf ( "%d\n", rand() % 5 );

}

return EXIT_SUCCESS;

}

- 05-13-2002stautze
>r = rand() % 101;

That is exactly what I meant.

Sorry for the bad advice.

Here is a function that should work i think. I found it in an old

homework assignment of mine. Right now it returns an integer value, so I will leave changing it to a float up to him.

Code:`int RandomInt(int low, int high)`

{

if (low > high) {

printf("RandomInt: low cannot be greater than high.\n");

exit(0);

}

return (high - low + 1) * (rand() / (double) INT_MAX) + low;

}