Random Constructor (Int32)

Initializes a new instance of the Random class, using the specified seed value.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public:
Random (
	int Seed
)
public Random (
	int Seed
)
public function Random (
	Seed : int
)

Parameters

Seed

A number used to calculate a starting value for the pseudo-random number sequence. If a negative number is specified, the absolute value of the number is used.

Exception typeCondition

OverflowException

Seed is Int32.MinValue, which causes an overflow when its absolute value is calculated.

If your application requires different random number sequences, invoke this constructor repeatedly with different seed values. One way to produce a unique seed value is to make it time-dependent. For example, derive the seed value from the system clock.

However, if your application runs on a fast computer the system clock might not have time to change between invocations of this constructor; the seed value might be the same for different instances of Random. In that case, apply an algorithm to differentiate the seed value in each invocation.

For instance, the following C# expressions use a bitwise complement operation to generate two different seed values even if the system time value is the same.

Random rdm1 = new Random(unchecked((int)DateTime.Now.Ticks));
Random rdm2 = new Random(~unchecked((int)DateTime.Now.Ticks));

The following code example creates Random objects with the class constructor that takes a seed parameter and generates a sequence of random integers and doubles. The example illustrates that the same sequence is generated when the Random object is created again with the constructor and seed parameter.

// Example of the Random class constructors and Random::NextDouble( ) 
// method.
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Threading;

// Generate random numbers from the specified Random object.
void RunIntNDoubleRandoms( Random^ randObj )
{
   
   // Generate the first six random integers.
   for ( int j = 0; j < 6; j++ )
      Console::Write( " {0,10} ", randObj->Next() );
   Console::WriteLine();
   
   // Generate the first six random doubles.
   for ( int j = 0; j < 6; j++ )
      Console::Write( " {0:F8} ", randObj->NextDouble() );
   Console::WriteLine();
}


// Create a Random object with the specified seed.
void FixedSeedRandoms( int seed )
{
   Console::WriteLine( "\nRandom numbers from a Random object with seed = {0}:", seed );
   Random^ fixRand = gcnew Random( seed );
   RunIntNDoubleRandoms( fixRand );
}


// Create a random object with a timer-generated seed.
void AutoSeedRandoms()
{
   
   // Wait to allow the timer to advance.
   Thread::Sleep( 1 );
   Console::WriteLine( "\nRandom numbers from a Random object "
   "with an auto-generated seed:" );
   Random^ autoRand = gcnew Random;
   RunIntNDoubleRandoms( autoRand );
}

int main()
{
   Console::WriteLine( "This example of the Random class constructors and Random"
   "::NextDouble( ) \ngenerates the following output.\n" );
   Console::WriteLine( "Create Random objects, and then generate and "
   "display six integers and \nsix doubles from each." );
   FixedSeedRandoms( 123 );
   FixedSeedRandoms( 123 );
   FixedSeedRandoms( 456 );
   FixedSeedRandoms( 456 );
   AutoSeedRandoms();
   AutoSeedRandoms();
   AutoSeedRandoms();
}

/*
This example of the Random class constructors and Random::NextDouble( )
generates the following output.

Create Random objects, and then generate and display six integers and
six doubles from each.

Random numbers from a Random object with seed = 123:
 2114319875  1949518561  1596751841  1742987178  1586516133   103755708
 0.01700087  0.14935942  0.19470390  0.63008947  0.90976122  0.49519146

Random numbers from a Random object with seed = 123:
 2114319875  1949518561  1596751841  1742987178  1586516133   103755708
 0.01700087  0.14935942  0.19470390  0.63008947  0.90976122  0.49519146

Random numbers from a Random object with seed = 456:
 2044805024  1323311594  1087799997  1907260840   179380355   120870348
 0.21988117  0.21026556  0.39236514  0.42420498  0.24102703  0.47310170

Random numbers from a Random object with seed = 456:
 2044805024  1323311594  1087799997  1907260840   179380355   120870348
 0.21988117  0.21026556  0.39236514  0.42420498  0.24102703  0.47310170

Random numbers from a Random object with an auto-generated seed:
 1624372556  1894939458   302472229   588108304    23919954  1085111949
 0.14595512  0.30162298  0.92267372  0.55707657  0.25430079  0.74143239

Random numbers from a Random object with an auto-generated seed:
 2105952511  1753605347   280739490   876793040  1129567796   524571616
 0.62652210  0.31846701  0.15984073  0.24458755  0.62160607  0.54857684

Random numbers from a Random object with an auto-generated seed:
  440048819  1612271236   259006751  1165477776    87731991  2111514930
 0.10708907  0.33531104  0.39700773  0.93209853  0.98891135  0.35572129
*/

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The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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