[Tutor] ** Newbie ** - Fastest random choice from integers 0 to X?

Remco Gerlich scarblac@pino.selwerd.nl
Thu, 7 Feb 2002 20:24:51 +0100

On  0, Chris McCormick <cmccormick@thestate.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> 	I'm sure this is a simple answer, but I wasn't sure what would be fastest.
> I have a group of consecutive integers, 0 to X.  Given only the top bound
> (X), what is the fastest way to produce a random integer, 0 and X inclusive?
> My guess is:
> 	random.randrange( 0, (X+1), 1 )
> Is this right?


Apart from the speed, it's about the only right way, since this is a
standard library function for it, and the other one, random.randint, is
deprecated (shouldn't be used anymore).

Speed shouldn't be much of a concern, usually.

Remco Gerlich