# genie

A simple wrapper to generate portably seedable pseudo-random numbers.

## Overview

This library allows you to generate random numbers, with a portable and seedable generator. This means that a generator initialized with a particular seed will yield the same sequence of generated numbers on every Common Lisp implementation.

## Install

`(ql:quickload :genie)`

## Usage

To generate a random number, you first need to create a generator object seeded with an integer:

`(make-generator 123)`

Alternatively, you can leave out the seed, to have one generated for you:

`(make-generator)`

The above will print a log message with the generator's seed value:

`[INFO ] [2016-12-07 23:51:29] Random seed: 123258810179538`

Once you have a generator, we can use the `GEN`

function to generate a number. There are a few different methods to use for generating a number.

*Generate a boolean value (T or NIL)*

To generate a boolean, supply the `:BOOL`

keyword to `GEN`

, optionally with a probability for true:

```
(let ((generator (make-generator)))
(gen :bool generator :probability 0.9))
```

The above will generate `T`

90% of the time, and `NIL`

otherwise.

*Generate a floating-point number within a range*

To generate a number that falls within a range, supply the `:RANGE`

keyword to `GEN`

like so:

```
(let ((generator (make-generator)))
(gen :range generator :min 0.0 :max 1.0))
```

The above will generate a floating-point number between 0 and 10.

*Generate an integer*

To generate an integer within a range, supply the `:INT`

keyword to `GEN`

:

```
(let ((generator (make-generator)))
(gen :int generator :min 1 :max 100))
```

The above will generate an integer between 1 and 100, both inclusive. You may also tell it to generate an odd or an even integer within this range, by using the `:PARITYP`

keyword as such:

```
(let ((generator (make-generator)))
(gen :int generator :min 1 :max 100 :parityp t))
```

This will generate an odd integer between 1 and 100. The value of `:MIN`

determines the parity of the result - a value of 2 for `:MIN`

would generate an even number between 2 and 100.

*Choose a random element from a sequence*

To choose a random element from a list or other sequence, supply the `:ELT`

keyword to `GEN`

:

```
(let ((generator (make-generator))
(some-sequence '(1 2 3)))
(gen :elt generator :sequence some-sequence))
```

The above will choose a random element from the sequence given.

## License

Copyright ? 2016 Michael Fiano .

Licensed under the MIT License.

A copy of the license is available here.

- Author
- Michael Fiano <michael.fiano@gmail.com>
- Maintainer
- Michael Fiano <michael.fiano@gmail.com>
- License
- MIT