# Random seed

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In this post, I have listed several methods to generate a random number. However, sometimes you can see people using a random seed to generate one.

### Why need a seed to create a random number?

Quick answer: if you want to have control of the random sequence or let other people generate the same sequence of random numbers, take a seed.

We should know that a random number generated by the computer is based on some algorithm written by programmers. It means that it is not 100% random like the random process that you find in nature. In other words, we call it pseudo-random.

The random generator is somehow complicated, but for demo purposes, I assume that: So if you select the same seed, then you can have the same sequence.

### seed in Python.

```import random
random.seed(10)
print([random.randint(0, 9) for _ in range(5)])
```

if you run the code, you will always have the same sequence as mine:

`[5, 4, 5, 2, 8]`

### seed in C#

```using System;
public class Program
{
public static void Main()
{
Console.WriteLine("Hello World");
Random rdm = new Random(4);//seed = 4
for(int i = 0; i < 5; i++){
Console.Write(rdm.Next(9)+ " ");
}
}
}```

And similarly, we have the same sequence :

`7 8 5 3 0`