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Re: Matching random numbers

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  • Subject: [mg4638] Re: Matching random numbers
  • From: browe at (Bill Rowe)
  • Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 03:54:55 -0400
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In article <4uphfg$6b5 at>, "A. Ortiz-Tapia"
<ao202 at> wrote:

>I have written the following program:
> (count = 0 ;
>  Label[nextrandom];
>  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*.

The exit condition for the loop occurs when a == b. The statement
Return[x] causes the loop to be exited and returns a single value, x.

To return the x,y pair, you could change the Return statement to Return[{x,y}].

BTW, this program seems to have some problems. It appears you intend for
the program to exit after 5000 tries. The variable count is set to 0 and
never incremented. So the If[count == 5000, Break[]]; statement the test
will always evaluate as false and the Break[] statement will never

The speed of the program would proabably benefit by using either the Do or
While constructs.

"Against supidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain"


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