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RE: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group...

From: Somay
Sent on: Monday, January 28, 2013 3:49 PM
If high performance is a requirement for your application and you want to avoid creating new BigInteger objects in the heap (and garbage collecting them), you can look at solving this using primitives only.

This solution uses some algebra, java, and memory knowledge. It address both issues:

1. Overflow: by comparing min and max values relative to the biggest possible long value (Long. MAX_VALUE).
2.Distribution: longs in java are represented in 64 bits in the memory while the mantissa of the double in java is represented in the memory in 52 bits. Which means the Math.random() method will not return enough values to cover all possible rangers of the long values. To resolve this, divide the long range values into sections (not bigger from the double mantissa size) selected a section at random, then select a random value in the section.

Here is the code:

	public static long generateRandom(long min, long max) {
		long o = Long.MAX_VALUE / Long.MAX_VALUE - Long.MIN_VALUE / Long.MAX_VALUE;
		long m = (long) Math.pow(2, 52);
		long rand;
		long d = max/o - min/o;
		if (d < m ) {
			rand = min + (long)(Math.random()­ * (max - min));
		} else {
			long s = (d / m) * o;
			long r =(long)(Math.random(­) * s);
			min += r * m; 
			max = min + m ;
			rand = generateRandom(min, max);
		return rand;


-----Original Message-----
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Wesley Hall
Sent: 25 January[masked]:01
To: [address removed]
Subject: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group...

Hello folks,

I came across what turned out to be a pretty interesting problem on a project of mine last night, and I thought I would share it with you guys. I am interested to see if anyone can come up with a better solution than I did (highly likely I suspect :)).

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a method, in Java, with the following signature...

public static long generateRandom(long min, long max) {
   // code here

Such that the method generates a random long value that is between the two parameters provided (inclusive). The only restriction on the parameters is that max >= min, for brevity you can assume this is ensured outside of the method and that you don't need to check inside.

The first person to provide a working solution gets to look like a hero... and if you provide a solution that I think is better than the one I have, then I will (with your permission), use this version in the library that I am about to open source and give you contributor credit.



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