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Generate unique random numbers

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Hi,

I need something that will generate a column full of random numbers between say 1 and 50, which are unique, the number of rows to include needs to be dynamic and would prefer a formula as need to avoid vba.

Cheers
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by:calacuccia
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=RAND()*50

Put this in the range you want it to be in. Everything you hit F9, it updates.

If you want only integer number, use = Int(Rand()*50)

This might not be unique though especially if you were looking for integers.
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There isn't a built in fuction that will do the unique part (RAND() is not unique).  However, I did find a script that will do unique - http://www.ozgrid.com/VBA/RandomNumbers.htm
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Jim,

Indeed my solution gives no unique list, as mentioned, however, he mentioned to want to avoid vba. But your looks nice.

BTW: do you know Antrat, the OzGrid guy? (Dave). We used to spend masses of time together here :-)

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1) List the numbers 1 through 50 in A1:A50
2) Put the following formula in cells B1:B50
=RAND()
3) To pull a set of umpteen unique random numbers, use the following formula in cell C1 then copy it down:
=INDEX($A$1:$A$50,MATCH(SMALL($B$1:$B$50,ROWS($C$1:$C1)),$B$1:$B$50,0))

Each time you hit F9, you get a different selection of random numbers

For grins, the sample workbook highlights any duplicates.

Brad
UniqueRandomNumbersQ26418995.xlsx
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by:Thomas Gibson
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Quick and dirty:
http://www.random.org/integers/?num=50&min=1&max=50&col=1&unique=on&base=10&format=html&rnd=new

You can decide how many columns you want it formatted in, start number, finish number.  Easier interface than Excel.
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Perfect, simple and effectively clever, cheers
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StormFusion,
Thanks for the kind words and grade!
Brad
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