bluthunder - 2 months ago 23

C++ Question

I need help figuring out how to generate a set amount of random numbers between two user-inputted values, inclusively. Just so you know, I have searched for this but am not finding what I have just stated. Here is my code:

`#include <iostream>`

#include <ctime>

#include <cstdlib>

using namespace std;

int main()

{

int userBeg, userEnd, outPut;

cout << "Enter a start value: ";

cin >> userBeg;

cout << "Enter an end value: ";

cin >> userEnd;

srand(time(NULL)); //generates random seed val

for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) {

//prints number between user input, inclusive

outPut = rand()%((userEnd - userBeg) + 1);

cout << outPut << " ";

}//end for

return 0;

}//end main

I'm confused with the output I get for the following ranges:

1-100 yield output numbers which fall in-between, but not including, the boundaries such as 50, 97, 24, 59, 22.

But, 10-20 yield numbers such as 1, 14, 6, 12, 13. Here, the output is outside of the boundaries as well as in-between them. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Answer

rand returns number between 0 and `RAND_MAX`

. By taking modulo `userEnd - userBeg + 1`

the boundaries will be limited to 0 and `userEnd - userBeg`

. If the random number should be within given boundaries, then `userBeg`

should be added, so the calculus becomes

```
outPut = rand()%((userEnd - userBeg) + 1) + userBeg;
```