Random Number Generator

  • Thomas Quirk


This chapter explains how to use Excel to take a random sample of people (or objects) from a sampling frame that contains the list of people (or objects) from which you want to take a random sample. You will learn how to use Excel to create frame numbers for generating random numbers, why a set of duplicate frame numbers is important, and the Excel commands needed to sort the duplicate frame numbers into a random sequence. In addition, you will learn how to print out your result so that all of the information fits entirely onto a single page of paper. Three practice problems are given at the end of the chapter to test your Excel skills, and the answers to these problems appear in Appendix A of this book. An additional practice problem for each chapter is presented in the Practice Test given in Appendix B along with the answers in Appendix C of this book.


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business and TechnologyWebster UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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