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I have been using autoit for a couple years as a software distribution tech and mostly using runwait and such to run msi's and such, but I have been wanting to expand my knowledge.

I live in winnipeg canada and we have a lotto here called 6/49 you need 6 numbers of 49. I wrote a script that randomizes numbers 1-49 and if it is already in the array it will go back to randomizing...


#include <Array.au3>

$LowerLimit = 1

$UpperLimit = 49

Dim $ArrayVar

Dim $avArray[1]


Func Lotto()

$i = 0


$RandomNumber = Random($LowerLimit,$UpperLimit,1)

$Pos = _ArraySearch ($avArray, $RandomNumber, 0, 0, 0, True)

If $Pos = -1 Then

_ArrayAdd( $avArray, $RandomNumber)


$i = $i + 1

Until UBound($avArray, 1) = 44


_ArrayDisplay( $avArray, "Whole array" )


The script runs really good except if i want it to randomize the whole 49 numbers. if I ask for it to calculate 43 of 49 numbers i get an array in about 3 secs, if i ask for 44 I have never seen it finish. I have a dual xeon with 6GB of ram so it is not processing power.

if anyone can explain this to me i would really apreciate it

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Why did you put in the partial search = true in the ArraySearch?

Try this version which works fine for me:

$Pos = _ArraySearch($avArray, $RandomNumber)
Edited by Jos

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This runs for me at between 1 and 20 ms and checks for duplicates. It uses a second array to check for duplicates:

#include <Array.au3>

$begin= TimerInit()

$LowerLimit = 1
$UpperLimit = 49
$Required = 49  ; Set this to the value you require

Global $CheckVar[50], $ArrayVar[$Required + 1]


ConsoleWrite(TimerDiff($begin) & @CRLF)

For $i = 1 To $Required - 1
    For $j = $i + 1 To $Required
        If $ArrayVar[$i] = $ArrayVar[$j] Then ConsoleWrite("Duplicate" & @CRLF)

_ArrayDisplay($ArrayVar, "Whole array")

Func Lotto()
    $i = 1

    While 1
        $RandomNumber = Random($LowerLimit, $UpperLimit, 1)

        If $CheckVar[$RandomNumber] = "" Then
            $ArrayVar[$i] = $RandomNumber
            $CheckVar[$RandomNumber] = 1
            $i += 1
            If $i > $Required Then ExitLoop


EndFunc  ;==>Lotto

The code writes the generation time in SciTE. Obviously this depends on how many times Random produces an already used random number.

Hope this is of use.


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Wow Melba, You are FRICKEN AWSOME! it ran so quick i couldnt tell you in the milli seconds. i really apreciate the response. I have a lot of interest in autoit, I used to dabble in Vb but just ran into too many roadblocks with my company. i love the compiled exe's! hiding serial numbers and package locations from the numb nut user has made all the difference especially using the piece o shite LAndesk...

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