Formulas: Random() and RandomInteger()

Category: Math

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`Random()`

Returns a random number

or stated otherwise...

Hey Coda, will you please generate a random number below 1 (.99 and below) for me? I may or may not want you to update this number for every doc edit. ` `

`RandomInteger()`

Returns random number between two numbers

put a bit simpler...

Hey Coda, will you generate a random number that falls between these two numbers. I may or may not want you to update this number for every doc edit.

Random() and RandomInteger() share one parameter. RandomInteger() has two additional parameters:

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`UpdateContinuously`

`Random(UndateContinuously)`

`Whether or not to have the random value update every time an edit is made on the doc; True or False.`

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`High`

`RandomInteger(High, Low, UpdateContinuously)`

`The highest possible number that can be genearated.`

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`Low`

`RandomInteger(High, Low, UpdateContinuously)`

`The lowest possible number that can be generated.`

Random() and RandomInteger() will likely be used a bit less than other formulas. One major difference between the two is that Random() returns random numbers between 0 and .99, while RandomInteger() will return any whole number between the numbers you designated in the High and Low parameters.

Notice how the button changes every time you hit the button...that’s the UpdateContinuously parameter at work! That parameter is marked as “True” in both instances. But what happens when it’s false? Here’s the same table again, but this time with an option to toggle that parameter!

UpdateContinuously = False

`UpdateContinuously = True`

Let’s move to our activities to see some use cases for these formulas!