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Excel command RANDBETWEEN() results — multiples of n only

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Hello,

How would you configure the Excel command, RANDBETWEEN(), to only return multiples of some number, n?

For example, if you specify

    min = 100 & 
    max = 200,

RANDBETWEEN() will return an integer, n, for which 100 < n < 200 (or is it 100 <= n <= 200?) — not sure. But regardless, suppose you want the returned value to also be only a multiple of 5 (ie 105, 110, 115, etc)?

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Question by:WeThotUWasAToad
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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100+int((200-100)*rand())

100+int((200-100)*rand()/5)*5
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 2000 total points
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Please try this....

=MROUND(RANDBETWEEN(100,200),5)

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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
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You may also use one of the following formulas as per your requirement....

=CEILING(RANDBETWEEN(100,200),5)

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OR

=FLOOR(RANDBETWEEN(100,200),5)

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by:wsh2
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=(RANDBETWEEN(100/5,200/5)) * 5
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by:Fred Marshall
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It appears that it's 100 <= n <= 200 (as confirmed by testing)

From Excel Help:
The RANDBETWEEN function syntax has the following arguments:
Bottom    Required. The smallest integer RANDBETWEEN will return.
Top    Required. The largest integer RANDBETWEEN will return.
"Will return" is the key here....
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by:WeThotUWasAToad
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Thank you for the several and varied responses. There are indeed many ways to skin a cat.

Best solution to Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) was chosen based on simplicity. Honorable mention to wsh2 for the cleverest solution and extra thanks to Fred Marshall for looking up something I could/should have taken 30 seconds to look up on my own. :P

Thanks again
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