Join Dennis Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Use random number functions for sorting and creating sample data, part of Excel Tips Weekly.
- [Voiceover] Excel has two functions…called random number functions.…And although they're not for everybody,…they do have important uses.…I've got a list here and from time to time…it grows, it shrinks, and periodically we wanna do…some spot checking of our recording process here…and make sure that information is correct.…We'd like to pull eight or 10 of these at random.…You can sort a list in random order.…Imagine how you might be doing this…with a list of orders or shipments.…It's a certain form of quality control.…You just wanna pull a random selection of these.…
How do we sort this in random order?…If you've got a list in a column to the right,…a temporary new column,…if you are gonna be using a column,…make sure if you've got any data to the right…that it's separated by at least one empty column.…You don't really have to put in a heading,…but it's not a bad idea.…I usually just type in X-X,…something like that.…Occasionally Excel will misread this…and treat the top line as if it were data,…so that's why we might do that.…
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