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RE: RE: Randomize an array

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 09, 2000 at 02:03 UTC ( #31695=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RE: Randomize an array
in thread Randomize an array

The 'next if..' line in this post, and the 'unless ...' clause in the next post are unneccessary, and slow the algorithm down for an array of ~20 elements or larger.

This is because if you assume the cost of a comparison is 1, and the cost of a swap is ~10, then when $i > 10, the savings on a swap are lost because odds are < 1 in 10 that you're swapping the same element. Benchmark comparison against swapping, and do the math. YMMV.

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