Hello and happy thanksgiving to all. I was just sitting here playing around with a loop to generate random numbers and I remembered that I had a question about the process that I have been forgetting to get some input on.
say I generate a random number between 1 - 100 with the following function
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value = rand() % 100 + 1;
Then say I stick this into a loop
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for(int ndx = 0; ndx < 30; ndx++)
my output will be something like this
....... so on so on for 30 values.
yet if I run the loop again I will get a different random value.
Is it because the loop is running really fast that the time "seed" does not have enough time to change to generate a different value for each output? if so, is there a way to slow the loop to give the time a chance to catch up?
Do not call srand() multiple times. srand() sets the RNG to a particular starting point. Calling srand() repeatedly can cause the RNG to return the same random numbers. srand() should be called ONCE at the beginning of main(). http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cstdlib/srand/
Ok, this makes sense, the link provides a good explanation. I moved srand(time()); outside the function to the beginning of main and it has solved my problem. I really had not noticed this in past projects.