# random decimal number

• ### Question

• hi there! i need to know if its possible to get a random decimal number? like this for example:

math.getrandomnumber(5)
'somehow to get one of those numbers:
1/1,2/1,3/1,4/1,5.... 2,1/2,2/..... 4,8/4,9/5

is that possible? i need those numbers because i want to make my "physics" objects fly around more randomly, because else, you'll see where they wont land, and thats between the landing points of and object with speed1 and speed2 forexample. to get more precise physics, you know...

i hope someone can help!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:58 AM

• math.getrandomnumber(n) is a random number between 1 and n.

We should choose n to be the total number of possible numbers we want.

So say we want between -5 and 5, with interval 0.1 : -5.0 -4.9 -4.8 ... 4.7 4.8 4.9 5.0

In this series there are 101 numbers - think 0.1 to 5.0, -0.1 to -5.0 and 0.0

So n = 101.

Next we want to scale the interval to 0.1, so we get : 0.1*Math.GetRandomNumber(101) : 0.1 0.2 0.3 ... 10.1

Finally we want to offset to start at -5, hence 0.1*Math.GetRandomNumber(101)-5.1

So we have in general:

x = scale*Math.GetRandomNumber(count)+offest

where count is the number of points, scale is the step size, and offset gets the start point right.
• Marked as answer by Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:52 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:00 PM

### All replies

• Try

x =  0.9+0.1*math.getrandomnumber(41)
Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:06 AM
• coool! but what would it look like if it would be from -5 to 5 for example. or what did you calculate? so i can do it by myself.. thx man!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:45 AM
• math.getrandomnumber(n) is a random number between 1 and n.

We should choose n to be the total number of possible numbers we want.

So say we want between -5 and 5, with interval 0.1 : -5.0 -4.9 -4.8 ... 4.7 4.8 4.9 5.0

In this series there are 101 numbers - think 0.1 to 5.0, -0.1 to -5.0 and 0.0

So n = 101.

Next we want to scale the interval to 0.1, so we get : 0.1*Math.GetRandomNumber(101) : 0.1 0.2 0.3 ... 10.1

Finally we want to offset to start at -5, hence 0.1*Math.GetRandomNumber(101)-5.1

So we have in general:

x = scale*Math.GetRandomNumber(count)+offest

where count is the number of points, scale is the step size, and offset gets the start point right.
• Marked as answer by Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:52 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:00 PM
• cool thx! i needed this because i want to code an emitter. thx!!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:52 PM