       RE: Random Trouble

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• Subject: [mg39207] RE: [mg39178] Random Trouble
• From: Rob Pratt <rpratt at email.unc.edu>
• Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 01:10:55 -0500 (EST)
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```On Sun, 2 Feb 2003, Donald A. Darling wrote:

> > I have a program which uses a random number in several places - the same
> > number in a given run of the program. When I implement the program however
> > the number changes in every new call to it.  I've tried to overcome this
> > using "Which", "Hold", "Verbatim", and others, all to no avail.  Any help
> > greatly appreciated.
>
> Try using = instead of :=.
>
> r = Random[];
>
> Then use r throughout the program.  Using r := Random[] (or just Random[])
> instead would cause a fresh random number to be sampled each time r appears.
>
> Rob Pratt
> Department of Operations Research
> The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
>
> rpratt at email.unc.edu
>
> http://www.unc.edu/~rpratt/
>
> Rob - This doesn't work for me.  If I try
>
> F[n_]=Table[Random[Real,{-1,1}],{n}]
>
> I get a different sequence for F each time I use it.
>
> Don Darling

The code I suggested does work for a single random number.

Your command to obtain and remember a random n-vector yields an error
message.  Try the code below.  The first call to F assigns a random
5-vector to F.  Subsequent calls to F just look up the stored value.

In:= F[n_] := F[n] = Table[Random[Real, {-1, 1}], {n}]

In:= F

Out= {0.601045, -0.776375, -0.269912, -0.172019, -0.589347}

In:= F

Out= {0.601045, -0.776375, -0.269912, -0.172019, -0.589347}

Rob Pratt
Department of Operations Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

rpratt at email.unc.edu

http://www.unc.edu/~rpratt/

```

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