#### The function RANDOM returns a random number within a specified range.

This function takes three pieces of input: a minimum number (which is optional, the default value is 0), a maximum number (which is optional, the default value is 1), and a boolean (which is optional and can only be used if a minimum and maximum number are entered). It will output a number between the minimum and maximum numbers. If the boolean value is **TRUE**, this output will be an integer; if the boolean value is **FALSE **(the default value), this output will be any number.

### Declaration

RANDOM() -> random_number

RANDOM(max) -> random_number

RANDOM(min, max) -> random_number

RANDOM(min, max, require_integer) -> random_number

### Parameters

**min**(optional, type:*number*)- The minimum number in the range from which the random number is selected. The default value of this variable is 0.
- The range the random number is selected from is non-inclusive. That is, the output of the RANDOM function will never be exactly the value given for
**min**.

**max**(optional, type:*number*)- The maximum number in the range from which the random number is selected. The default value of this variable is 1.
- The range the random number is selected from is non-inclusive. That is, the output of the RANDOM function will never be exactly the value given for
**max**. -

**require_integer**(optional, type:*boolean*)- A boolean indicating whether the return value should be an integer or any real number.
**TRUE**means that is must be an integer,**FALSE**means that it can be any real number. - This variable is optional and must be used in combination with
**min**and**max**. The default value is**FALSE**.

### Return Values

**random_number**(type:*number*)- A random number between in the range specified.

### Examples

The following examples provides a random number between 0 and 1, the default values for **min** and **max**. Note that the number it outputs is not an integer. Also note that there is not one particular outcome associated with this function. Each time it is called upon, it outputs a different number between 0 and 1.

RANDOM() -> 0.473562840948746

RANDOM() -> 0.209858654278889

RANDOM() -> 0.937460900977645

The following examples provides a random number between 0 and 5. Again note that the number it outputs is not an integer, and that there is not one particular outcome associated with this function. Each time it is called on, it provides a different random number between 0 and 5:

RANDOM(5) -> 3.758997665480921

RANDOM(5) -> 4.132364836251733

RANDOM(5) -> 1.845748992284799

The following examples provides a random number between 5 and 10. Again note that the number it outputs is not an integer, and that there is not one particular outcome associated with this function. Each time it is called on, it provides a different random number between 5 and 10:

RANDOM(5, 10) -> 6.606093230420562

RANDOM(5, 10) -> 8.017837262846251

RANDOM(5, 10) -> 7.998362648372525

**require_integer**must be set to

**TRUE**. (Note that this can only be done if a value is explicitly given for

**min.**) The following example provides a random integer between 0 and 10. Note that 0 and 10 do not appear; the numbers specifying the range are excluded:

RANDOM(0, 10, TRUE) -> 9

RANDOM(0, 10, TRUE) -> 3

RANDOM(0, 10, TRUE) -> 7

The optional variable **require_integer** can also be explicitly set to **FALSE**, and the function will behave exactly as though the default value was being used. The last example outputs any random real number between 5 and 10:

RANDOM(5, 10, FALSE) -> 5.189786409853899

RANDOM(5, 10, FALSE) -> 9.583098649737689

RANDOM(5, 10, FALSE) -> 8.604847369012587

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