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Creating a random combination

by reldridge
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Dec3-12, 02:10 PM
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I am creating a random combination(code) for a client. I need to see what the total number of combinations there can be.

Please let me know if I am using the wrong word Combination vs Permutations.

2 letters + 2 numbers + 2 letters
example: TR12FR

The random letters are taken from 24 values:

The random Numbers are taken from 8 Values:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Dec3-12, 02:18 PM
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combination is right you're selecting letters, numbers and more letters:

Choices for each character of your 6 charcter code:

24 * 24 * 8 * 8 * 24 * 24 = total number of codes possible

Now if these could be rearranged then you'd have to worry about permutations to elimnate repeats in your counts.
Dec3-12, 02:22 PM
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Thank you -

So de-duping these down to create 2.5 million unique codes using this formula will not be an issue, sense there are 21,233,664 possibilities.

Dec3-12, 02:39 PM
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Creating a random combination

okay what do you mean by de-duping?
Dec3-12, 02:46 PM
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Well sense this is just a random generator out of excel the possibility of it creating a duplicate is there, so i will need to just remove dupes, or nth select down to 2.5 million unique codes.

Just needed to make sure that the 6 digit using that formula could create that many unique codes.
Dec3-12, 02:51 PM
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Well sense this is just a random generator out of excel the possibility of it creating a duplicate is there ...
So you have a belief that "true" random would not include any dupes?

How would you create 100000 consecutive random numbers from 1 to 100 ?
Dec3-12, 03:02 PM
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this reminds of how new programmers used to construct a deck of randomly sorted cards.

generate a number from 0-51 check if its present in the crd deck array if so then generate another.

The better approach is to generate a sorted sequence of cards into an array and then to randomly shuffle two cards by selecting two indexes at random and swapping the cards.
Dec3-12, 03:22 PM
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So you have a belief that "true" random would not include any dupes?
No belief, was just stating that there could be duplicate codes during the random selection and i would need to remove the duplicates until reaching my goal of 2.5 unique codes...
Dec3-12, 03:23 PM
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Thanks for the help.

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