randomly order a list

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Wed May 22 14:58:47 CDT 2013


Try replacing 'the number of lines of myVar' with some huge number you think is allowed for random(), say 999999.

With small numbers you are likely to get the same number for different lines and perhaps sort does not change order in that case. 

Dar


On May 22, 2013, at 11:59 AM, Chris Sheffield wrote:

> I have a list of three words that I need to be randomly sorted. To start with, the first word is the correct answer to a question. I want to re-order the list so that the correct answer may be the second or third word, and not necessarily the first. How can I do this successfully every time? The docs give an example like this:
> 
> 	sort lines of myVar by random(the number of lines of myVar)
> 
> But this only seems to work successfully one time. After that, the list is always set so the first word is the correct answer. So then I tried randomly setting the randomSeed value, since this value is supposed to affect the random() function and the any keyword, but this didn't seem to make much difference except to change it so either the second or third word is *always* the right answer. I need it to be more mixed up than that.
> 
> So does anyone have a good way to do this?
> 
> Thanks,
> Chris
> 
> 
> --
> Chris Sheffield
> Read Naturally, Inc.
> www.readnaturally.com

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