Question about node-red-node-random

According to the README for node-red-node-random, in floating-point mode this node gives a random output, x, that is strictly between the given maximum and minimum values, that is, min < x < max. However, everything I've read about the Math.random() method (for instance, implies that the lower limit is included, that is min ≤ x < max. The difference might seem trivial, but it does matter for a flow I'm developing. Is the README wrong, or have I mis-read something in the code?

Even more interesting is the help screen

It behaves differently based on what you are asking the output to be formatted as !!



Here is the actual JS could explain some of the reasons

module.exports = function(RED) {
    "use strict";
    function RandomNode(n) {
        this.low = Number(n.low || 1);
        this.high = Number(n.high || 10);
        this.inte = n.inte || false; =||"payload";
        var node = this;
        this.on("input", function(msg) {
            var value;
            if (node.inte == "true" || node.inte === true) {
                value = Math.round(Number(Math.random()) * (node.high - node.low + 1) + node.low - 0.5);
            else {
                value = Number(Math.random()) * (node.high - node.low) + node.low;


Yes it behaves differently on purpose.
And yes in float mode it does include the minimum.

The thinking being that for non computer folk, if I want say a dice to give me a number from 1 to 6 I would ask for that not 1 to 7.

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Thanks, Dave. Would you mind correcting the documentation?

I also wonder about using the Number() method in the code. Is that just to protect against some sort of wonkiness in the random number generator?

done. pushed as v0.1.1

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Thanks, but (oops!) not fixed in the README...

do people read them ? :wink: v0.1.2

We can always hope :grimacing: