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How to Generate Many Random Various Numbers?

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6 Sep 2011CPOL
This is an alternative to "How to Generate Many Random Various Numbers?"

Assuming the range of numbers is small, and all of them are required in the result (those are the assumptions implied by your code), and with a small change in the API definition, a much more compact and faster implementation would be this:

public IList<int> randomPermutation(int min, int max) {
    Random r=new Random();
    SortedList<int, int> perm=new SortedList<int, int>();
    for (int i=min; i<=max; i++) perm.Add(r.Next(), i);
    return perm.Values;

BTW: If the size of the number set were to increase above 100, I would consider switching to a Dictionary<int,int> and sorting it at the end (the code shown spends cycles keeping the SortedList<int,int> sorted while it is being populated).



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Luc Pattyn
Software Developer (Senior)
Belgium Belgium
I am an engineer with a background in electronics, software and mathematics.

I develop technical software, both for embedded systems and for desktop equipment. This includes operating systems, communication software, local networks, image processing, machine control, automation, etc.

I have been using all kinds of microcontrollers and microprocessors (Intel 4004/8080/8051/80386/Pentium, Motorola 680x/680x0/ColdFire/PowerPC, Microchip PIC, Altera NIOS, and many more), lots of programming languages (all relevant assemblers, Fortran, Basic, C, Java, C#, and many more), and different operating systems (both proprietary and commercial).

For desktop applications and general development tools I have been using both UNIX systems and Mac/MacOS for many years, but I have switched to x86-based PCs with Windows, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework several years ago.

I specialize in:
- cross-platform development (making software that runs on diverse hardware/OS combinations)
- instruction set simulation
- improving software performance, i.e. making sure the software runs the job at hand in as short a time as possible on the given hardware. This entails algorithm selection, implementation design, accurate measurements, code optimisation, and sometimes implementing virtual machines, applying SIMD technology (such as MMX/SSE), and more.

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SuggestionAnother alternative Pin
RemcoReitsma6-Aug-14 3:58
MemberRemcoReitsma6-Aug-14 3:58 
GeneralNice code, Luc. Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE31-Aug-11 8:31
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE31-Aug-11 8:31 
GeneralRe: Thanks Walt. I do like compact code, unless readability woul... Pin
Luc Pattyn31-Aug-11 12:02
sitebuilderLuc Pattyn31-Aug-11 12:02 
Generalwill it generate unique no. ? Pin
Pradip_Bobhate31-Aug-11 4:54
MemberPradip_Bobhate31-Aug-11 4:54 
GeneralRe: yes Pin
Luc Pattyn31-Aug-11 6:00
sitebuilderLuc Pattyn31-Aug-11 6:00 

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