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shuffling

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 19 April 2004
Question - how do I re-arrange the elements in a list into a random order (e.g. to shuffle a pack of cards, or to arrange the tracks on a CD into a random order for playing each once?)

Answer - use the power of a Python module - in this case the random module which includes a shuffle fucntion that does exactly what you need.

Code:
#!/usr/bin/python

from random import *
from sys import *

top = int(argv[1])

basehand = range(1,top+1)
shuffle(basehand)

for track in basehand:
   print track




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