## New to Python

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### New to Python

Hello, I have started learning Python and I am not a programmer. It is only my second day. Also this is not for homework, I am just trying to learn how to program. So I have written a simple program, which works, just not all the time. The objective of the program is to generate a random number either weighted high or weighted low, within a specific range. When it works it prints the number, problem is sometimes it doesn't print anything and I have no idea why. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me work out what is going wrong, thank you for your help in advance! So I am using Python 3.1 (because it seems to have more tutorials) in windows 7. Here is the program:
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`import randomdef lownum():        zar = random.randint(1, 27)        print (zar)        def hinum():        par = random.randint(27, 54)        print (par)        way = random.randint (1, 10)if way < 5:        lownum()if way > 5:        hinum()        `
InkGlass

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### Re: New to Python

Hello
What should happen if way=5 ?
MichelFJM

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### Re: New to Python

MichelFJM wrote:Hello
What should happen if way=5 ?

Hmm I guess the program wont print if its 5, lol! Thanks! Though aside from that the program doesn't actually work as I expected even when the 5 is fixed, so I tried to come up with something new:

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`  import randomway = random.randint (1, 1000)def lownum():        zar = random.randint(1, 29)        print (zar)def hinum():        par = random.randint(30, 60)        print (par)def gen():        if way < 500:              lownum()        else: hinum()slot = 0        while slot < 6:        gen()        slot = slot + 1                                                                   `

I was hoping the numbers would alternate between the lownum and the hinum function, instead all six numbers are picked from lownum or all six numbers are picked from the hinum but there is no mixing of lownum & hinum numbers, obviously my knowledge is severely limited at this time... Thank you for the help I greatly appreciate it!
InkGlass

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### Re: New to Python

You're only creating way once.
Since it doesn't change, the same function is called every time.
You should move it's creation into your gen() function.
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### Re: New to Python

stranac wrote:You're only creating way once.
Since it doesn't change, the same function is called every time.
You should move it's creation into your gen() function.

Thank you! That worked perfectly. I had thought that every time a function was accessing "way" that it would generate a new number. Much appreciated.
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