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RAND function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is RAND function in Excel? RAND function is one of the Math and Trig functions in Microsoft Excel that returns an evenly distributed random real number greater than or equal to 0 and less than 1. A new random real number is returned every time the worksheet is calculated. Syntax of RAND function RAND() The RAND function syntax has no…

How to randomly assign people to groups in Excel

To randomly assign people to groups or teams of a specific size, you can use a helper column with a value generated by the RAND function, together with a formula based on the RANK and ROUNDUP functions. Formula =ROUNDUP(RANK(A1,randoms)/size,0) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in D5 is: =ROUNDUP(RANK(C5,randoms)/size,0) which returns a group number for each name listed in…

How to generate random times at specific intervals in Excel

To generate random times in at specific intervals you can use the RAND function with the FLOOR function. See example below: Formula =FLOOR(RAND(),”0:15″) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in B6 is: =FLOOR(RAND(),”0:15″) which generates a random time at a 15-minute interval. How this formula works The RAND function generates a decimal number between zero and 1. So, you…

How to generate random number weighted probability in Excel

To generated a random number, weighted with a given probability, you can use a helper table together with a formula based on the RAND and MATCH functions. Formula =MATCH(RAND(),cumulative_probability) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in F5 is: =MATCH(RAND(),D$5:D$10) How this formula works This formula relies on the helper table visible in the range B4:D10. Column B contains the…

Randomize/ Shuffle List in Excel

How to randomize / shuffle a list in Excel. For example, we want to randomize the list in column A below. 1. Select cell B1 and insert the RAND() function. 2. Click on the lower right corner of cell B1 and drag it down to cell B8. 3. Click any number in the list in column B. 4. To sort in descending order, on…

RAND vs RANDBETWEEN function examples in Excel

Excel has two useful functions when it comes to generating random numbers. The RAND and RANDBETWEEN function. Rand The RAND function generates a random decimal number between 0 and 1. 1. Select cell A1. 2. Type RAND() and press Enter. The RAND function has no arguments. 3. To generate a list of random numbers, select cell A1, click on the lower right corner of…