random-sample

2021-12-30

Random sample of a sequence with uniform distribution.

Upstream URL

github.com/ruricolist/random-sample

Author

Paul M. Rodriguez <pmr@ruricolist.com>

License

MIT
README

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)

Dependencies (5)

  • alexandria
  • fiveam
  • infix-math
  • named-readtables
  • serapeum

Dependents (0)

    • GitHub
    • Quicklisp