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From: Roman Perepelitsa <roman.perepelitsa@gmail.com>
To: Stephane Chazelas <stephane.chazelas@gmail.com>
Cc: Zsh hackers list <zsh-workers@zsh.org>
Subject: Re: shuffle array
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2019 16:27:48 +0100
Message-ID: <CAN=4vMqN4b2MyCvLXMBWQ_bvaRSY7SSiaGSPRT0bm5z4k3g7Vg@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191202151652.yke22w7mign4i26q@chaz.gmail.com>

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 4:21 PM Stephane Chazelas
<stephane.chazelas@gmail.com> wrote:
> shouldn't that be "RANDOM % $#l + 1"?

No, the original code is correct. There is a loop invariant that
l[1,i-1] is shuffled before each iteration. An iteration makes l[1,i]

It's fairly easy to prove that this algorithm will produce each array
permutation with equal probability (assuming that we have access to a
function that gives a random number from [1, N] with uniform

> Or use rand48() in zsh/mathfunc

Thanks, TIL.


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