Random Int—Python

There are many applications in programming where we have to randomly pick an element in a list. Python has the random module which includes a randint function for this exact purpose. Here’s an example.

from random import randint

if __name__ == '__main__':
    names = ['Bob Belcher',
             'Linda Belcher',
             'Gene Belcher',
             'Tina Belcher',
             'Lousie Belcher']
    num = randint(0, len(names) - 1) # -1 because lists are 0 based
    print('Random number was', num)
    print('Name picked randomly is', names[num])

When run, this code produces the following output (which is different each time the script is ran).

Random number was 4
Name picked randomly is Lousie Belcher

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