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20010307230835.20487.qmail@foad.orgOn Wed, Mar 07, 2001 at 05:58:01PM -0500, Bryan C. Warnock wrote: > > A quick (and albeit inconclusive) scan of every piece of perl I could get a > hold of (without undoing my CPAN mirror), about half the uses of 'rand' are > exactly as you have above - int(rand($num)). > > But, and this is a strong but, nearly every use of rand($num) was used as > int(rand($num)) - in other words, for its integer value. > > The other half of rand uses were as 'rand()' - and that, too, was almost > exclusively used for its floating point value. Yes, but how useful is the floating point value of rand() in a "use integer" context? As soon as you use it an arithmetic operation, including comparison, it gets rounded. The following will never terminate for instance: { use integer; print ++ $i, "\n"; redo unless rand () > 0.1 } AbigailThread Previous | Thread Next

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