# Random Matrix

Does anybody know how to generate a random matrix with entries 0 and 1 only(binary matrix). Numbers of 1 and 0 are fixed every time matrix is generated.
Possibly a program in 'C'.

Thanks

Numbers are not truly random so perhaps you would like to look at random number generators. You could take your seed and square it, then take out the bits. and the square is your new seed. Or think of another mathematical formula for generating random numbers.

http://www.cprogramming.com/tutorial/random.html
The number returned by function rand is dependent on the initial value, called a seed that remains the same for each run of a program. This means that the sequence of random numbers that is generated by the program will be exactly the same on each run of the program.

You can change the seed to be the same for the matricies you wish to have the same 1/0.

is the size of the matrix random as well?

No, size of matrix is finite.
Basically the problem is to generate random networks with fixed number of nodes and fixed number of links. Network is being represented by a binary matrix where the entry '1' means that a link exists between the corresponding row and column and '0' means the link does not exist.
I have to make sure that in generating new network(or matrix) the network should remain connected. It shouldn't break into two or more smaller networks.
I haven't done graph theory so if somebody can help me with some kind of algorithm, it would be great.

Thanks,

D H
Staff Emeritus
Are you generating a incidence matrix (matrix is indexed by nodes and vertices; element ij is one if node i is an endpoint of vertex j) or an adjacency matrix (element ij is one if some vertex connects node i to node j)? A network is a directed graph, so the adjacency matrix is asymmetric.

Determining whether a random NxN unitary matrix with M ones represents a digraph is the NP-complete problem called the clique problem.

I want to generate random adjacency matrices where element ij is 1 if an edge connects node i to node j. Yes it is asymmetric.

robphy
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I want to generate random adjacency matrices where element ij is 1 if an edge connects node i to node j. Yes it is asymmetric.

..and you wish to do so with a fixed number of "1"s?

This might not be the most efficient:

initialize A=0

For k ones,
do this k times
{
select randomly i from 1 to n, and j from 1 to n
if A[i,j]=1, go back and get another pair (without changing k)
else set A[i,j]=1
}

If necessary, discard proposed links to oneself (i.e. reject the pair if i=j).

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D H
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