Code works fine except...

Ross ross.jett at
Mon May 4 16:07:38 CEST 2009

On May 4, 7:01 am, Ross <ross.j... at> wrote:
> On May 3, 10:16 pm, John Yeung <gallium.arsen... at> wrote:
> > On May 3, 11:29 pm, Chris Rebert <c... at> wrote:
> > > Probably not the cause of the problem, but where
> > > did the magic numbers 1.072 and 1.08 come from?
> > It is perhaps not the most direct cause of the problem, in the sense
> > that the magic numbers could take various values and the problem would
> > still be there.  But the magic numbers appear to be used for
> > "spreading out" bye selection, and that's broken.
> > The extended slice as written will always pick the first element,
> > since the step is guaranteed to be positive.  Since the first player
> > (or None, when there are an odd number of players) stays put in the
> > first position during the round_robin shuffle, that player will always
> > be selected for a bye.
> > Further, as written, the calculated number of byes has no bearing on
> > the actual number of byes selected.
> > I think what I would do is adjust the shuffling algorithm in such a
> > way that everyone moves through the various positions in the list
> > (would it be as simple as adding a shift at the end of
> > round_robin???).  Then I could simply select the byes from one end of
> > the list (with a regular slice instead of an extended slice).
> > John
> The "magic numbers" that everyone is wondering about are indeed used
> for spreading out the bye selection and I got them by simply
> calculating a line of best fit when plotting several courts: byes
> ratios.
> The "byes = #whatever" in my code calculate the number of tuples that
> need to be placed in the bye_list.
> At first glance, the suggestion of adding a simple shift at the end of
> round_robin doesn't seem to work since round_robin already shifts
> everything except for the first position already. Please correct me if
> I'm wrong because you might have been suggesting something different.

And also, as you all have pointed out, my inclusion of

> def test_round_robin(players, rounds, courts, doubles = False):
>     players = range(players)
>     for week in round_robin(players,rounds,courts):

should have been

> def test_round_robin(players, rounds, courts, doubles = False):
>     players = range(players)
>     for week in round_robin(players,rounds):

I forgot to erase that extra parameter when I was playing around with
my code.

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