Roll
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Roll (?
) is a monadic scalar function which returns random or pseudorandom numbers. The name Roll comes from the analogy of rolling dice. Each scalar in the argument must be a positive integer, n
, and Roll chooses one of the first n
indices. Some dialects allow n
to be zero, in which case Roll chooses a floatingpoint number between 0 and 1. Roll shares its glyph with the other randomresult function, Deal.
Examples
? 4 ⍴ 6 ⍝ Roll four sixsided dice
1 4 1 1
? 3 2 1 0 ⍝ The result for 1 is always 1
2 2 1 0.9637543707
{⍵[?8⍴≢⍵]} 'Hello' ⍝ Choose 8 random letters
eeHHHolo
Description
Each scalar in the argument to Roll must be a positive integer.
The result of Roll on each number n
is either
 One of the elements of
⍳n
chosen uniformly at random; or  A real number between 0 and 1 chosen uniformly at random, if
n
is 0 and the dialect has this extension.
Because Iota depends on index origin, Roll depends on index origin unless every number in the argument is 0.
The choices made by Roll do not have to be truly random: they may be pseudorandom (generated by a deterministic but difficult to predict algorithm) or taken from the operating system. They way random numbers are generated is controlled by the random link ⎕RL
. Traditionally, APL uses the Lehmer random number generator, but Dyalog APL defaults to the allow choosing a different random number generator and defaults to the Mersenne Twister.
External links
Lessons
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