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# Shuffling values in an array

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• Hi there,

I got a shuffle-algorithm like this one: https://www.scirra.com/tutorials/599/simple-array-shuffle

local var: pick=0

1| Event: System | Repeat Array_Temp.Width times

2| Action: Array_Temp | Set value at loopindex to loopindex

1|Event: System | Repeat Array_Music.Width times

2|Action: System | set pick to floor(random(Array_Temp.Width))

3|Action: Array_Music | Set value at loopindex to Array_Temp.At(pick)

4|Action: Delete index pick from X axis

Problem is, I want to be sure that the values in the array don't match their element-index, which can easily happen with the algorithm above. So i wrote a small addition:

local var: pick=0

local var: loopindex_repeat

1| Event: System | Repeat Array_Temp.Width times

2| Action: Array_Temp | Set value at loopindex to loopindex

1|Event: System | Repeat Array_Music.Width times

2|Action: System | set pick to floor(random(Array_Temp.Width))

3|Action: System | set loopindex_repeat to loopindex

4|-- Event: System | While

System | loopindex_repeat = Array_Temp.At(pick)

5|-- Action: System | set pick to floor(random(Array_Temp.Width))

6|Event: 'blank'

7|Action: Array_Music | Set value at loopindex to Array_Temp.At(pick)

8|Action: Array_Temp | Delete index pick from X axis

This seems to do the trick, but:

1) why do i need to floor the random when setting the variable? doesn't seem to make a difference without it.

2) possible bug: could this resolve in an infinite loop when the only value in Array_Temp left matches the last index i want to fill in Array_Music (in my case index=7, value=7 since the array-width is 8)?

3) i declared the variable loopindex_Repeat, cause i'm not sure if the loopindex-expression in the while-loop referes to the while-loop or the repeat-loop.

• You could do it like this. It first sets the array so the values don't match the indexes. Then it picks a random index and swaps the values if it doesn't make a value match an index.

repeat array.width times          | array: set at loopindex to (loopindex+1)%array.width

global number index2=0
global number tmp=0

repeat 10 times                   |
repeat array.width times          | set index2 to int(random(array.width))
index2 <> array.at(loopindex) |
loopindex <> array.at(index2) | set tmp to array.at(index2)
| array: set at index2 to array.at(loopindex)
| array: set at loopindex to tmp[/code:2p48jvha]
• hi,

thanks for the reply. could you post a screenshot of the code since i can't clearly see, what event triggers what action.

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• +----------------------------------+
| repeat array.width times         | array: set at loopindex to (loopindex+1)%array.width
+----------------------------------+

global number index2=0
global number tmp=0

+----------------------------------+
| repeat 10 times                  | set index2 to int(random(array.width))
| repeat array.width times         |
+----------------------------------+
+------------------------------+
|index2 <> array.at(loopindex) | set tmp to array.at(index2)
|loopindex <> array.at(index2) | array: set at index2 to array.at(loopindex)
|                              | array: set at loopindex to tmp
+------------------------------+[/code:1bm3id39]
• ok. thanks!

this works like a charm!

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