Author mark.dickinson
Recipients Serge Anuchin, mark.dickinson, pitrou, r.david.murray, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, skrah, steven.daprano, tim.peters, vstinner
Date 2016-09-10.07:54:05
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A similar bug affects the new `choices` method: in the `choices` source, if `random() * total` happens to round up to `total`, the bisect call returns an out-of-range index.

There are two ways that that could happen: (1) double rounding, as in this issue (which will occur very rarely and is hard to reproduce), and (2) `total` being subnormal (easy to reproduce, but unlikely to occur in practice).

>>> from random import choices
>>> choices(500, population=[1, 2], weights=[1e-323, 1e-323])
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/Users/mdickinson/Python/cpython/Lib/", line 360, in choices
    return [population[bisect(cum_weights, random() * total)] for i in range(k)]
  File "/Users/mdickinson/Python/cpython/Lib/", line 360, in <listcomp>
    return [population[bisect(cum_weights, random() * total)] for i in range(k)]
IndexError: list index out of range
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