Author Scott Eilerman
Recipients Scott Eilerman, docs@python, rhettinger
Date 2018-03-21.15:26:54
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To clarify the use case where this behavior was problematic for me, I wanted to get the nth random draw from a given distribution, so I used something like:

random.seed(fixed_seed)
random.sample(choices, n)[-1]

Then, later, I want the next draw, so I did:

random.seed(fixed_seed)
random.sample(choices, n)[-1]


The workaround would be to use random.shuffle and pick the nth item, or use random.sample once with the highest k value I expect to need and then pick the nth element from that list. But I settled on the above implementation because for the first few cases I tested, it returned the results I expected, and nothing in the docs suggested I should expect otherwise.
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