Code works fine except...

Ross ross.jett at
Tue May 5 05:01:34 CEST 2009

On May 4, 7:33 pm, John Yeung <gallium.arsen... at> wrote:
> On May 4, 8:56 pm, Ross <ross.j... at> wrote:
> > Anyways, you're right that seq[0] is always evaluated.
> > That's why my algorithm works fine when there are odd
> > numbers of players in a league.
> It doesn't work fine for all odd numbers of players.  For example, 15
> players on 3 courts should result in 5 byes.  But what actually
> happens with your code is that you get 4 byes or 8 byes, depending on
> whether you've got floating-point division enabled.
> So the way you are selecting byes does not even guarantee that you'll
> allocate the correct number of active matches for the number of
> courts, and this is due to the fact that the extended slice is too
> "coarse" a tool for the task.  Now, it may be that for you, the number
> of players and courts is always within a confined range such that
> extended slicing and your magic constants will work.  That's fine for
> you, but we weren't given that information.
> I haven't even begun to look at what happens for doubles.
> John

You're right... I only tested cases when number of people playing
outnumbered the number of byes that week. Anyways, I'm new to
programming and this has been a good learning experience. Next time
around, I'll be sure to thoroughly comment my code before I ask for
help on it. I really appreciate all the help that you've offered so
far. Right now, I'm debating whether I should try to reinvent the
round_robin generator part of the code or whether there still might be
a way to shuffle the results of the generated output so that I can
slice it effectively.

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