Implementing simple binary probability distribution.

Posted on 2000-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-15
Using C/C++, I would like the computer to randomly fill some array with either 0s or 1s, in some proportion p.  That is, let Array be some n dimensional array.  Then, for every i, I want Array[i] = 0 with probability p and = 1 with probability 1-p.
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int p = 40; // probability for 0
int q = 1 - p; // 1 - probability for 1
srand() = time(NULL);
for loop here with counter i...
if (rand() % 100 <= p)
   Array[i] = 0;
   Array[i] = 1;
end for loop
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Assuming you have the function 'rand()' that returns an int x, 0<=x<=RAND_MAX, and given probability float p, 0<=p<=1, then:

1) For a given p, compute
int CutPoint;
CutPoint=(int) (.5+p*(float)RANDMAX);

2) For any i, compute
if   (rand()>=CutPoint) Array[i]=1;
else                    Array[i]=0;

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int p = 40; // probability for 0
Probabilities are never greater than 1

int q = 1 - p; // 1 - probability for 1
Nor can probabilities be negative
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'struth ozo, but how many folks browse locked questions?  I know I don't.  I suppose I ought to start...

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