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* [Caml-list] Choosing a random element in a Map or a Set
@ 2021-03-18  9:44 jean-marc.alliot
  2021-03-18 10:06 ` François Pottier
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From: jean-marc.alliot @ 2021-03-18  9:44 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Dear list,

I am trying to take a random element from a Map or a Set.

Currently, I generate one random int between 1 et Card(map), and I iter
until I reach this element. The solution is in O(n) which is not great...

I was about to code the following solution: take the current Map code
and add a function which follows the balanced binary tree from the root
and takes randomly a left or right turn at each node until we reach a
leaf (we only need to generate one random int and use its binary
representation to choose the left or right direction at each node). This
should be in O(log(n))

Before I start coding like an idiot:
1) Is there another, more intelligent, solution?
2) Is my solution biased? I think it is not, as long as the tree is
properly balanced but...



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2021-03-18  9:44 [Caml-list] Choosing a random element in a Map or a Set jean-marc.alliot
2021-03-18 10:06 ` François Pottier
2021-03-18 14:20   ` Simon Cruanes
2021-03-18 17:06     ` jean-marc.alliot
2021-03-18 11:10 ` Nicolas Barnier
2021-03-18 11:32   ` François Pottier
2021-03-19  1:32   ` Francois Berenger
2021-03-18 12:34 ` Ivan Gotovchits
2021-03-18 12:48 ` Ivan Gotovchits

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