random.shuffle question

Greg Ewing see_reply_address at something.invalid
Tue Sep 10 02:04:22 EDT 2002

Erik Max Francis wrote:

> You could simply chop up the list, shuffle the part that you want, and
> then reassemble it:

Or for more fun, you could use the handy class
attached below, and simply say:

   random.shuffle(sublist(mylist, 4, 8))


class sublist:
   """sublist(x, i, j) is an object which
   behaves like x[i:j] except that changes
   to it are reflected in x. (This version
   only handles getting and setting single

   def __init__(self, base, begin, end):
     self.base = base
     self.begin = begin
     self.end = end

   def __len__(self):
     return self.end - self.begin

   def __getitem__(self, i):
     return self.base[self.begin + i]

   def __setitem__(self, i, x):
     self.base[self.begin + i] = x

if __name__ == "__main__":
   import random
   l = range(20)
   print "Before:", l
   random.shuffle(sublist(l, 5, 15))
   print "After:", l

Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,	
Christchurch, New Zealand

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