# Generating random number < 1

• ### Question

• I'd like some advice on how to generate a random number in Small Basic that is less than 1 e.g. 0.955

Have tried A = Math.GetRandomNumber(5)

B = A * 0.333

TextWindow.Write(B)

Outcome is that the numbers do not seems that random and tend to be 0.333, 0.666 etc

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:05 AM

• Hi Franganistan

Instead of multiplying by a decimal to convert to a number < 1, generate a random number up to 999 and then divide this by 1000. This will generate a decimal between 0.001 and 0.999.

```While "true"
rnum = Math.GetRandomNumber(999)/1000
TextWindow.WriteLine(rnum)
Program.Delay(100)
EndWhile```

• Marked as answer by Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:15 AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:01 AM

### All replies

• Hi Franganistan

Instead of multiplying by a decimal to convert to a number < 1, generate a random number up to 999 and then divide this by 1000. This will generate a decimal between 0.001 and 0.999.

```While "true"
rnum = Math.GetRandomNumber(999)/1000
TextWindow.WriteLine(rnum)
Program.Delay(100)
EndWhile```

• Marked as answer by Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:15 AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:01 AM
• Jibba Jabba,

Thank you - worked perfectly.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:15 AM
• Cheers. And happy coding.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:19 AM