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How to use math.random w/ in pairs?

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ItsMeKlc 235 Moderation Voter
4 years ago

I'm trying to choose a random song and it's title at the same time, but it isn't working... What am I doing wrong?

    local songs = {Friday = "268763467",
                    ["The Song of the Cebu"] = "142570249",
                    Problem = "261244793",
                    Bills = "165508381"

    local song = songs[math.random(1,#in pairs(songs))
    music.SoundId =(""
local song = songs[math.random(1,#songs)] TheDeadlyPanther 2437 — 4y

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Answered by 4 years ago

The pairs function returns all the keys and values of the argument table, math.random returns a random integer. For this reason, you can't directly index a value at a non-integer key with a value generated from math.random. Here's a potential workaround:

function obtainRandomKeyValuePair(tab)
    local randIndex = math.random(1, #tab);
    local curIndex = 1;

    for k, v in pairs(songs) do
        if curIndex >= randIndex then
            return k, v;

        curIndex = curIndex + 1;

You would then call the function with:

local key, val = obtainRandomKeyValuePair(songs);

EDIT: Apparently the length operator doesn't work on tables with non-numeric indices. That's really poor design. At any rate, I would switch to a 2D table. Here's an example:

local songs = {
    titles = {
        "The Song of the Cebu",
    ids = {

local randIndex = math.random(1, #songs.titles);
local title = songs.titles[randIndex];
local id = songs.ids[randIndex];
output says " Players.Player.PlayerGui.GUI.Everything.Popups.Settings.LocalScript:17: bad argument #2 to 'random' (interval is empty)" :l ItsMeKlc 235 — 4y
@legokendall Sorry, Lua is stupid. See my edit. DreadPirateRobux 655 — 4y
#tab will not count all keys -- just the ones 1, 2, 3, ... up to some number. It will be 0 on the given table. You have to count them yourself (with two `for` loops) BlueTaslem 17864 — 4y

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