Re: rand() chooses the same number after several trials

"BobR" <>
Wed, 29 Aug 2007 23:53:13 GMT
kkirtac <> wrote in message...

Hello, i m using the standard rand() function to generate several
random numbers. Even if i seed the generator before the loop
"srand( (unsigned)time( NULL ) );" , it usually selects a previously
selected number in the process, after 6-7 iterations, i want the
sequence to be unique..should i consider some further modifications in
the code to achieve my goal maybe ? here is the piece of code..

vector<int> rands ;

If you want 'unique', try a std::set:

  std::set<int> rands ; // #include <set>

  while( 15 > rands.size() ){
       rands.insert( ( int( std::rand() ) % 165 ) );
       } // while()

int rnd ; file://random number
srand( (unsigned)time( NULL ) );
int range_max = 165, range_min = 0 ;
for( int i = 0; i < 15 ; i++ ){
    rnd = (double)rand() / (RAND_MAX + 1) * (range_max-1 -range_min) +

it usually chooses a previously selected random number after 7-8
iterations, not all the time but usually..

Bob R

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