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for(int i=0; i<100; i++) {
  float r = random(50);
  line(50, i, 50+r, i);

for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
  float r = random(-50, 50);

// Get a random element from an array
String[] words = { "apple", "bear", "cat", "dog" };
int index = int(random(words.length));  // same as int(random(4))
println(words[index]);  // prints one of the four words
Description Generates random numbers. Each time the random() function is called, it returns an unexpected value within the specified range. If one parameter is passed to the function it will return a float between zero and the value of the high parameter. The function call random(5) returns values between 0 and 5 (starting at zero, up to but not including 5). If two parameters are passed, it will return a float with a value between the the parameters. The function call random(-5, 10.2) returns values starting at -5 up to (but not including) 10.2. To convert a floating-point random number to an integer, use the int() function.
random(low, high);
high int or float
low int or float
Returns float
Usage Web & Application
Related randomSeed()
Updated on June 14, 2010 12:05:29pm EDT

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