# Random variable

Would this produce a 1/10 chance that action A is played?

``````float ran = random(10);
if (ran == 2)
{
//action A
}
else if (ran != 2)
{
//action B
}
``````

random() returns a `float` datatype value: Processing.org/reference/random_.html

You need an `int` instead: ``````final int choice = (int) random(10); // range 0 to 9

if (choice == 2) {
}
else {
}
``````
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@GoToLoop

Would this also work?

``````int ran = (int)random(10);
``````

Then I would be able to keep my previous code

``````if (ran == 2)
{
//action A
}
else if (ran != 2)
{
//action B
}
``````

Yes, it would. You don’t need the `if(ran != 2)` bit though–just the `else` will do. This is because the else bit only runs if the if stuff before hasn’t run.

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Yes, it would alright! That Would work too, since it means the Same. But the second if (ran != 2) is obsolete. If it is 2, then the if (ran == 2) is true, Else the other one is. What you are doing is just adding a redundant condition. You can do it, But it’s better to not, performance wise. (Doesn‘t matter much now, But it stacks if you do it this way some Million Times.

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Keep in mind that one of the most basic ways to inspect whether in code is doing what you want is to test it.

So, you can answer your question by like this:

``````float ran = random(10);
println(ran);
``````

7.702701

Or try printing a sample of outputs:

``````for (int i=0; i<10; i++) {
println(random(10));
}
``````

8.375377 5.7671003 0.24511933 1.3771093 6.604124 3.733101 2.9731035 2.9664493 5.653407 4.418477

…and, if you are unsure (maybe 7.7 == 7, or 8?), try it!

``````if (7.702701 == 7) {
println("true");
}

if (7.702701 == 8) {
println("true");
}
``````

You will notice that warnings pop up in the PDE error box “dead code” – those will never be true.

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