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Re: easy question about random numbers

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  • Subject: [mg53393] Re: easy question about random numbers
  • From: "Borut Levart" <bole79 at email.si>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2005 23:03:48 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <crqb7f$cak$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Helo,

I don't think there is a more effective way of solving your problem.
Perhaps you could Mathematize it in some way.

Position[Rest[li3],x_?(r<#&),1,1][[1,1]]


Bye
Borut Levart, Slovenia



"Pedrito" <pedrito6 at softhome.net> wrote in message
news:crqb7f$cak$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Hi everybody!
>
> I wanted to obtain a discrete random number generator that I needed for
> a project.
>
> On the library Statistics`DiscreteDistributions` I could find the
DiscreteUniformDistribution
> function. But I wanted to specify the probability for each one of the
> states.
>
>
> For instance:
> If we need to simulate an unfair dice, we could have this probabilities
> for each one of the sides:
> {1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 9/60, 11/60}
>
> So I wrote:
> li2 = {1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 9/60, 11/60}
> li3=FoldList[Plus,0,li2]
> Module[{i = 1, r = Random[]}, While[ !li3[[i]] < r < li3[[i + 1]], i++];
i]
>
> It works ok but I don't know if there is another (better) way of doing
> this.
> Any suggestion?


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