11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2014 7:38 AM by Marco Wedel

# Generate random numbers in a field

Hi There

I would like to create a field with random numbers within a table ranging from 1- 10

I know the Autonum funtion doesnt work like this, im using it to display what i require...

Transactions:

[Sales Value],

[Sales Quantity],

[Agent Name],

Autonum(10) as [Client Code]

Regards,

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use function rand() and multiply the result by 10:

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rand()*10 as myRandom

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how would i limit it between 1 and 10 though?

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rand returns numbers from 0 to 1 so left(rand()*10,1) gives you the result

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RAND()*9+1 as NUM2

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Transactions:

[Sales Value],

[Sales Quantity],

[Agent Name],

Ceil(rand()*11) as [Client Code]

FROM yoursource;

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For a better probability distribution (normal distribution) I recommend using:

=ceil(norminv(rand(), mean, stdev))

=ceil(norminv(rand(),5,3))

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Thank you this is great

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Hi,

Which version of QlikView did you test the code on, that you marked as correct?

I only get 0 to 9.

Possibly a bug?

thanks

regards

Marco

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According to the QV Reference Manual v11 rand() returns a random number between 0 and 1, very possibly excluding 0 and 1.

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HI Marco

qlikview 11...

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And it delivers 1 to 10 using this expression?

regards

Marco