Random number challenge

Von Fugal von at fugal.net
Fri Jun 13 11:46:48 MDT 2008


<quote name="Andrew Jorgensen" date="Fri, 13 Jun 2008 at 11:43 -0600">
> On Fri, 2008-06-13 at 11:29 -0600, Scott Edwards wrote:
> > I'm with Von.  If it's random, it's not suppose to be predictable.
> > After the first result, the remaining results become more predictable.
> 
> Unless there are as many prizes as participants it's still random, and
> if there are as many prizes as participants the it's random until the
> last one at which point it was obvious who won anyway.

This is called shuffle. You take all the participants, shuffle them up,
and start popping them off, as such a much more efficient implementation
would be to treat it as such, randomize a list, and step through it.

Von Fugal
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