four0four

02-23-2010, 11:34 PM

Can anyone figure out what I'm doing wrong?

I'm trying to increase a number based on a timestamp. The number increases each second by adding a random number from 1 to 10.

The number increases and then decreases, but how can I stop it from decreasing?

<?php

$start_time = 1266967333; //Start time timestamp

$number_start = 100; //Start value of number

$random_increase = mt_rand(1,10); //Increments per second

echo floor($number_start+(((time()-$start_time)/1)*$random_increase));

?>

Thanks!

Courtney

02-24-2010, 01:58 AM

The number decreases because you run the script with a random number and then run it again with a different random number.

You are not incrementing anything as there is no loop.

Add:

echo $random_increase;

And you'll see that the lower the random the lower the number.. the higher the higher.

Courtney

02-24-2010, 02:10 AM

This code increments by the same random number 1 times a second for 101 seconds.

<?php

$start_time = 1266967333; //Start time timestamp

$number_start = 100; //Start value of number

$random_increase = mt_rand(1,10); //Increments per second

for ($x = 1; $x <=100; $x++) { //loops until x=101

$answer = floor($number_start+(((time()-$start_time)/1)*$random_increase));

echo $answer. "<br>";

sleep(1); //pause 1 second

}

?>

four0four

02-24-2010, 09:37 PM

This code increments by the same random number 1 times a second for 101 seconds.

<?php

$start_time = 1266967333; //Start time timestamp

$number_start = 100; //Start value of number

$random_increase = mt_rand(1,10); //Increments per second

for ($x = 1; $x <=100; $x++) { //loops until x=101

$answer = floor($number_start+(((time()-$start_time)/1)*$random_increase));

echo $answer. "<br>";

sleep(1); //pause 1 second

}

?>

Thanks for the help! I tried your example and it still doesn't seem to work.

So I guess it's impossible, since as you mentioned it uses a different number each time?

Courtney

02-24-2010, 10:28 PM

Using that code on my webserver produces a working result. It looks like this:

166202

166204

166206

166208

166210

If I refresh the page it gets a different random number and gives a different result but increments using that number. Is that what you are looking for?

four0four

02-24-2010, 11:40 PM

Using that code on my webserver produces a working result. It looks like this:

166202

166204

166206

166208

166210

If I refresh the page it gets a different random number and gives a different result but increments using that number. Is that what you are looking for?

Yeah, that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Basically, just a way to increment the number by adding a random number from 1-10.

For example:

166202

166207

166208

166210

166218

It always increases (the reason I'm using a timestamp), but randomly increases without following any particular pattern.

Thanks again for your help.

Courtney

02-25-2010, 12:27 AM

Try this:

<?php

$number = 100; //sets minimum first number

for ($y = 0; $y <= 100; $y++) { //loops until $y = 101

$z = mt_rand(1,10); //generate a random nuber between 1 and 10

$number = $number + $z; //add the last number displayed to the random number

echo $number . "<br />"; // print number to screen

}

?>