# Difference between revisions of "random"

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### Description

Description:
Random real (floating point) value from 0 (inclusive) to x (not inclusive).

alternative syntax is added, allowing the definition of Gaussian Distribution[1] params. Uses the same method as setTriggerTimeout command. Quite useful for spawning loot for example, making more valuable items more rare (Alternative Syntax 1)

two alternative syntaxes are available:

Groups:
Math

Syntax:
random x
Parameters:
x: Number
Return Value:
Number

### Syntax 2

Syntax:
random [min, mid, max] Template:Since
Parameters:
[min, mid, max]: Array
min: Number
mid: Number
max: Number
Return Value:
Number

### Syntax 3

Syntax:
seed random x Template:Since
Parameters:
seed: Number - an integer. Any float value will be truncated (e.g -0.9, -0.1, 0.1 or 0.9 will be read as 0)
x: Number
Return Value:
Number - Value from 0 to x

### Syntax 4

Syntax:
seed random [x, y] Template:Since
Parameters:
seed: Number
[x, y]: Array - texture position (not a Perlin noise)
x: Number
y: Number
Return Value:
Number - Value from 0 to 1

### Examples

Example 1:
_rNumber = random 1;
Example 2:
_rNumber = random -10;
Example 3:
Generate a random position inside a circle (see also Example Code: Random Area Distribution) _center getPos [_radius * sqrt random 1, random 360];
Example 4:
To select random value from an array: _array = ["apples", "pears", "bananas", "M16"]; _random = _array select floor random count _array; // Template:Since _random = selectRandom _array;

selectRandomselectRandomWeighted

### Notes

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Posted on July 12, 2015 - 20:32 (UTC)
Hcpookie
Random selections including negative numbers can be obtained via: _Xrnd = round(random 200) -100; This will yield numbers between -100 and 100.
• Be careful using random numbers in multiplayer, each client will come up with a different result. See multiplayer tutorials for more general information about locality.
• The number returned is unlikely to be a whole number.
To return a whole number use either round, ceil or floor together with random: x = round (random 5) will return 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. (non-uniform distribution, 0 and 5 are half as likely to be selected than any of the other numbers) x = floor (random 5) will return 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. (uniform distribution, all numbers have the same probability of being selected) x = ceil (random 5) will return 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. (0 is very unlikely, but possible, as ceil 0 is 0)
Posted on July 22, 2018 - 12:58 (UTC+2)
Lou Montana
Repartition comparison
Formula 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
floor random 10; 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
floor random [0, 5, 10] 0% 2% 7% 17% 25% 25% 17% 7% 2% 0%
floor random [0, 10, 0] 0% 0% 1% 2% 5% 9% 14% 19% 24% 26%
floor random [0, 10, 5] 0% 0% 0% 1% 2% 5% 9% 16% 28% 38%
1. Technically, it is a rescaled Bates distribution with n = 4. The distribution is split in two at its midpoint and scaled linearly such that its maximum lies at the specified midpoint.