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Re: Quick Question

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  • Subject: [mg78274] Re: [mg78090] Quick Question
  • From: Daniel Lichtblau <danl at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 05:31:15 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200706221050.GAA16639@smc.vnet.net>

rob cronin wrote:
> Quick Question:
> 
> With Mathematica 5.2 is there any way to scramble a simple list of numbers:
> i.e. randomly rearange the list {1,2,3,4,5,6} without any apparent order.
> 
> Kind regards
> [...]

For those who have version 6 there is an expedient new function, 
RandomSample, that does this directly.

In[8]:= RandomSample[Range[10]]
Out[8]= {3, 8, 7, 10, 4, 1, 9, 2, 5, 6}

In[9]:= RandomSample[Range[10],3]
Out[9]= {7, 8, 3}

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research


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