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Here's a "variation of the above" code fragment from an ancient script. It produces a set of numbers which can be used as indices in an array slice.
# @indices = randomsubset(scalar @array, $size_of_subset); sub randomsubset { my @indices = 0 .. $_[0] - 1; my @subset = (); push @subset, splice(@d, int rand @indices, 1) for 1 .. @_[1]; @subset; } print join (" ", randomsubset(50,5)), "\n";
(The overly specific name indicates sloppy thinking on my part, for which I plead guilty.)

IIRC, there's something equivalent in the Cookbook.

In reply to Re: Re: picking multiple random elements out of an array by dws
in thread picking multiple random elements out of an array by Bishma

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