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Sampling From a Histogram Distribution
Assume you have a uniform random number generator, like Perl's
. Just scale its output to the range 1..(4+19+10+5), then assign each of your four things a suitably-sized chunk of that range (apples == 1..4, oranges == 5..24, etc.).
Re: Sampling From a Histogram Distribution
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