A small object which generates a random number.
$rand_num_generator = new PGrandom($initial_seed);
# creates generator with a fixed initial seed
$a = $rand_num_generator->random(-10,10,0.1);
# generates random number between -10 and 10 in 0.1 increments.
Name Description Defaults seed Last internal random number generated.
Method Action/Returns Other
random($initial, $final, $increment)
Generates a random number between the initial and final values in steps of increment. If the increment is 0 or less, then
randomchooses a floating point number between
$finalusing a small increment.
$incrementdefaults to 1, if it is not supplied as an argument.
Behaves like perl's
rand. Generates a random number between 0 and
$finaldefaults to 1 if that argument is omitted.
Resets the seed for this random number generator object.
Using independent random number generators in a complicated problem or macro promotes compartmentalization and robustness. If all macros were to use a common random number generator, then a change in the number of calls to the random number generator in one macro would affect the results in another macro, causing confusion and a difficult debugging process.
random()itself is defined using a random number generator object which is stored in the global variable