Random-Sample is a Lisp library for something which is not nearly as simple as it sounds: reliably taking a random sample of a sequence.

Most of the time you will just use random-sample:

(random-sample:random-sample (iota 100) 5)
=> (57 32 28 45 4)

The algorithm used for sampling without replacement is basically Vitter?s Algorithm D.

Sometimes you may want to use the algorithm at a lower level. You don?t want the sample itself; you only want the indices. In this case, you can directly use map-random-below, which simply calls a provided function on each index.

(map-random-below my-function 5 length)
Paul M. Rodriguez <pmr@ruricolist.com>