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Matching random numbers

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  • Subject: [mg4615] Matching random numbers
  • From: "A. Ortiz-Tapia" <ao202 at>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 03:25:31 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear mathgroupers,
I have written the following program:

 (count = 0 ;
  pileup = pileup + 1;
  x = Random[];
 y = Random[];
 a = Round[100*x]; 
 b = Round[100*y]; 
 If[a== b,Return[x], Goto[nextrandom]];
  If[count == 5000, Break[]]; 

The purpose of this program is to produce two inpendent random numbers;
match this two numbers by "converting" them to integers, then if they
are equal print either of them (I choosed x), *and* increment the value
of a variable, such that at the end I can have 5000 "matched" random
numbers. The program, so far, gives out *only one number*.

I would like to have some comments

Arturo Ortiz-Tapia
Dept Theoretical Chemistry
Cambridge University, UK


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