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getting one random number

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  • Subject: [mg65154] getting one random number
  • From: "Kevin Coffey" <kmc2104 at>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 23:59:28 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Columbia University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I am a fairly new user and I have come across this problem twice. The last 
time I just worked my way around it, but this time I can't.

When I exicute the line below, mathematica takes a new random number for 
each element in the list "k[dist]"
l[dist_] := Map[# < Random[] &, k[dist]]

I would like mathematica to take one random number and then use the same 
random number for evaluating every element in the list.  Also, I want the 
random number to be different each time I use the function.

Any help would be most appreciated.

Thank you.


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