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I want to write a function which takes as input three integers a, b and c, and generates and returns a random integer that is equally likely to take any value between a and b (inclusive), but will not return the value given by c.

Asked by Alex Benavides on 14 Nov 2013
Latest activity Commented on by Walter Roberson
on 15 Nov 2013

This is what I have so far:

    function f = randnum_reject(a,b,c)
    randnum_reject = (b-a)*rand + a; 
    f = randnum_reject;
    if f == c
        f = (b-a)*rand + a;
        f = randnum_reject;

I know I probably made the mistake right after I assigned the output to f. I just really don't have any ideas as to how exclude c when I call random numbers from a to b


Is c always a single value or could it be a vector of values to avoid?

C is always a variable it can't be a vector


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2 Answers

Answer by Roger Stafford
on 14 Nov 2013

You don't need a for-loop for this problem.

 p = [a:c-1,c+1:b];
 f = p(ceil((b-a)*rand));


This gives me an error, any other suggestions?

What error does it give, with what inputs ?

p( randperm(length(p),1) )

if your MATLAB is a newer one.

Answer by Walter Roberson
on 14 Nov 2013

Do not use a variable with the same name as your function. Inside your function rename the variable randum_reject to something else.


When I test it, it doesn't skip the value it's supposed to skip

Are you not wanting to try any of the working solutions under Roger's answer for some reason, and are continuing to use your code (which you admit doesn't work)? If so, why?

What code was it that you tested that did not skip the value it was supposed to?

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