# If Min and Max are the same value then Random() will return 0. What?

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https://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/functions/Random.htm
If Min and Max are the same value then Random() will return 0.
Conceptually, a random function (using integers) is a choice between options. For example, "pick a number between 1 and 10". Random(1,10,1)
If we have only two options, we can still choose. Random(1,2,1). Finally, if our options are reduced to only one, and we must choose, the only solution is to select that single option.
But the AutoIt Random() function simply says that a single option is wrong, and sets the @error flag to non-zero. If someone offers you to drink a) coffee or coffee, and you must choose, the answer isn't "I don't know".

I coded a script that made an error before I found out this behavior. I'm going to put an example.

```#include <Array.au3>
;Vending machine available beverages
\$aDrinks[5] = ["coffee", "water", "juice", "beer", "tea"]
For \$n = 1 To 5
\$r = Random(1, \$qty, 1)
;If \$r = 0 Then \$r = 1 ;fix
ConsoleWrite("I choose: " & \$aDrinks[\$r - 1] & @CRLF)
_ArrayDelete(\$aDrinks, \$r - 1)
Next```

This machine has a shrinking catalog. The only solution is to use the commented fix.

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oasis375,

The only solution is to use the commented fix.

Since July this year (Beta version 3.3.13.10) Random has been modified and if both Max & Min are the same it will now return that value.

M23

Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind

Open spoiler to see my UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

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That's what I call a quick fix.

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