# [Tutor] Query regarding loop problem

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Sun Aug 30 02:13:08 CEST 2015

```On 29/08/15 22:37, Martin Mwaka wrote:

> myNumber = input("Input a number between 1 and 5: ")

myNumber is now a *string* representing a number from 1-5.

> while computerNumber != 0:
>      if myNumber != computerNumber:
>          computerNumber = random.randint(1,5)

computerNumber is now a random *integer* between 1-5

A string can never equal an integer. "5" is not the same as 5
Types are important in programming.

>          print ("Your chosen number is ", myNumber,": Computer number is: ",
> computerNumber)
>      else:

So the else will never get called

You need to convert your string into an integer using int()

myNumber = int(input("Input a number between 1 and 5: "))

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