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* The number returned is unlikely to be a whole number.<br>To return a whole number use either '''[[round]]''', '''[[ceil]]''' or '''[[floor]]''' together with '''random''':<br>
 
* The number returned is unlikely to be a whole number.<br>To return a whole number use either '''[[round]]''', '''[[ceil]]''' or '''[[floor]]''' together with '''random''':<br>
 
  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=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)
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  <br>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)
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  <br>x=ceil(random 5) will return  0,1,2,3,4 or 5. (0 is very unlikely, but possible, as ceil 0 is 0)
 
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Revision as of 21:37, 6 September 2014

Introduced with Operation Flashpoint version 1.00
  

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Introduced in

Game:
Operation Flashpoint
Version:
1.00

Description

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

Syntax

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

Examples

Example 1:
_rNumber = random 1;
Example 2:
_rNumber = random -10;
Example 3:
To select random value from an array: _array = ["apples", "pears", "bananas", "M16"]; _random = _array select floor random count _array;

Additional Information

Multiplayer:
-
See also:
Math Commands

Notes

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Notes

  • 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)

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