# randomΒΆ

The `random`

command is used to create a random point cloud. It uses
readers.faux to create a point cloud containing `count`

points
drawn randomly from either a uniform or normal distribution. For the uniform
distribution, the bounds can be specified (they default to a unit cube). For
the normal distribution, the mean and standard deviation can both be set for
each of the x, y, and z dimensions.

```
$ pdal random <output>
```

```
--output, -o Output file name
--compress, -z Compress output data (if supported by output format)
--count How many points should we write?
--bounds Extent (in XYZ to clip output to)
--mean A comma-separated or quoted, space-separated list of means
(normal mode): --mean 0.0,0.0,0.0 --mean "0.0 0.0 0.0"
--stdev A comma-separated or quoted, space-separated list of
standard deviations (normal mode): --stdev 0.0,0.0,0.0 --stdev "0.0 0.0 0.0"
--distribution Distribution (uniform / normal)
```