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# Can I use randi and say random number from 1 to 30 except 8 and 9? (for example)

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Akana Juliet on 18 Jun 2021
Commented: Akana Juliet on 21 Jun 2021
Hi everyone. I have some bad data that I have to exclude from my random index selecter but I can't remove it from my data.
For example, I wanted to say Random integer from 1 to 30, but exclude 8 and 9
This works but when I try to add another integer, like 8 and 9 for example, it doesn't work.
randRow = randi(30,1);
while randRow == 8
randRow = randi(30,1);
end
Do you guys know the right syntax? or is there an easier way to do it?
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### Accepted Answer

Stephen Cobeldick on 18 Jun 2021
Edited: Stephen Cobeldick on 18 Jun 2021
This is MATLAB, so your first thought should always be to use arrays and indexing:
vec = setdiff(1:30,8:9) % or [1:7,10:30] or whatever
vec = 1×28
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
val = vec(randi(numel(vec)))
val = 22
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Akana Juliet on 21 Jun 2021
This is perfect, thanks so much!

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