# [Tutor] number generator

Dick Moores rdm at rcblue.com
Tue Mar 13 13:58:40 CET 2007

```So sorry. I meant this for the python list.

Dick Moores

At 05:49 AM 3/13/2007, Dick Moores wrote:
>At 02:52 AM 3/13/2007, Duncan Booth wrote:
> >Dick Moores <rdm at rcblue.com> wrote:
> >
> > > But let's say there is one more constraint--that for each n of the N
> > > positive integers, there must be an equal chance for n to be any of
> > > the integers between 1 and M-N+1, inclusive. Thus for M == 50 and N
> > >== 5, the generated list of 5 should be as likely to be [1,46,1,1,1]
> > > as [10,10,10,10,10] or [14, 2, 7, 1, 26].
> >
> >I don't think what you wrote actually works. Any combination including a 46
> >must also have four 1s, so the digit 1 has to be at least 4 times as likely
> >to appear as the digit 46, and probably a lot more likely than that.
>
>Yes, I see you're right. Thanks.
>
> >On the other hand, making sure that each combination occurs equally often
> >(as your example might imply) is doable but still leaves the question
> >whether the order of the numbers matters: are [1,46,1,1,1] and [1,1,46,1,1]
> >the same or different combinations?
>
>a given list of length N be the same as that of generating any other
>list of length N, then I believe my function does the job. Of course,
>[1,46,1,1,1] and [1,1,46,1,1], as Python lists, are distinct. I ran
>this test for M == 8 and N == 4:
>======================================================
>def sumRndInt(M, N):
>      import random
>      while True:
>          lst = []
>          for x in range(N):
>              n = random.randint(1,M-N+1)
>              lst.append(n)
>          if sum(lst) == M:
>              return lst
>
>A = []
>B = []
>for x in range(100000):
>      lst = sumRndInt(8,4)
>      if lst not in A:
>          A.append(lst)
>          B.append(1)
>      else:
>          i = A.index(lst)
>          B[i] += 1
>
>A.sort()
>print A
>print B
>print len(A), len(B)
>===========================================================
>a typical run produced:
>[[1, 1, 1, 5], [1, 1, 2, 4], [1, 1, 3, 3], [1, 1, 4, 2], [1, 1, 5,
>1], [1, 2, 1, 4], [1, 2, 2, 3], [1, 2, 3, 2], [1, 2, 4, 1], [1, 3, 1,
>3], [1, 3, 2, 2], [1, 3, 3, 1], [1, 4, 1, 2], [1, 4, 2, 1], [1, 5, 1,
>1], [2, 1, 1, 4], [2, 1, 2, 3], [2, 1, 3, 2], [2, 1, 4, 1], [2, 2, 1,
>3], [2, 2, 2, 2], [2, 2, 3, 1], [2, 3, 1, 2], [2, 3, 2, 1], [2, 4, 1,
>1], [3, 1, 1, 3], [3, 1, 2, 2], [3, 1, 3, 1], [3, 2, 1, 2], [3, 2, 2,
>1], [3, 3, 1, 1], [4, 1, 1, 2], [4, 1, 2, 1], [4, 2, 1, 1], [5, 1, 1, 1]]
>
>[2929, 2847, 2806, 2873, 2887, 2856, 2854, 2825, 2847, 2926, 2927,
>2816, 2816, 2861, 2919, 2820, 2890, 2848, 2898, 2883, 2820, 2820,
>2829, 2883, 2873, 2874, 2891, 2884, 2837, 2853, 2759, 2761, 2766, 2947, 2875]
>
>35 35
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>Dick Moores
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