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Description

Description:
Syntax 2's distribution
Syntax 1 generates a random floating point value
Syntax 2 generates a Gaussian Distribution[1]. It uses the same method as setTriggerTimeout command and is quite useful for e.g spawning loot, making more valuable items more rare
Syntax 3 generates a seed-based random number
Syntax 4 generates a seed-based random noise (not Perlin) texture based on provided seed and returning the value at supplied coordinates
Groups:
Math

Syntax 1

Syntax:
random x
Parameters:
x: Number
Return Value:
Number from 0 (included) to x (excluded)

Syntax 2

Syntax:
random [min, mid, max]
Parameters:
min: Number
mid: Number
max: Number
Return Value:
Number in range from min to max, weighted by mid

Syntax 3

Syntax:
seed random x
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 from 0 (included) to x (excluded)

Syntax 4

Syntax:
seed random [x, y]
Parameters:
seed: Number
x: Number - x texture position
y: Number - y texture position
Return Value:
Number from 0 (included) to 1 (excluded)

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:
Select a random value from an array: _array = ["apples", "pears", "bananas", "M16"]; _random = _array select floor random count _array; // Before Arma 2 _random = _array call BIS_fnc_selectRandom; // Since Arma 2 _random = selectRandom _array; // Since Arma 3 v1.56

Additional Information

See also:
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.