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 might get output like this from RAND() in three cells:
Dates in Excel are defined as simple numbers, where 1 = 1 day. This means you can simply divide 1 by the decimal value of time to get a value that corresponds to time as Excel sees it, for example:
1/12 = 12 hours = .5 days
1/6 = 6 hours = .25 days
1/8 = 8 hours = .333 days
This means we can use RAND() to generate a decimal value between 1 and 0, then round that number down with FLOOR to the nearest interval. FLOOR takes a argument called "significance" as the rounding multiple, and it recognizes time intervals expressed like this:
To generate random integers between two numbers, you can use the RANDBETWEEN function. In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: = RANDBETWEEN ( 1 , 100 ) This formula is then copied down from B5 to B11. The result is random numbers between 1-100...
To generate random dates between two dates, you can use the RANDBETWEEN function, together with the DATE function. In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: = RANDBETWEEN ( DATE ( 2016 , 1 , 1 ), DATE ( 2016 , 12 , 31 )) This formula is then...
To quickly fill a range of cells with random text values, you can use a formula based on the CHOOSE and RANDBETWEEN functions. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: = CHOOSE ( RANDBETWEEN ( 1 , 4 ), "Red" , "Blue" , "...
In this video, we'll look at a few ways to generate random values with the RANDBETWEEN function, including random dates, random prices, and random workdays...
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