Documentation for routine pick

Documentation for routine pick, assembled from the following types:

class List

From List

routine pick

Defined as:

multi sub    pick($count, *@list) returns Seq:D
multi method pick(List:D: $count = 1) returns Mu

Usage:

pick COUNT, LIST
LIST.pick(COUNT)

Returns $count elements chosen at random and without repetition from the invocant. If * is passed as $count, or $count is greater than or equal to the size of the list, then all elements from the invocant list are returned in a random sequence.

Examples:

say <a b c d e>.pick;           # b
say <a b c d e>.pick: 3;        # (c a e)
say  <a b c d e>.pick: *;       # (e d a b c)

role Baggy

From Baggy

method pick

Defined as:

multi method pick(Baggy:D:) returns Any
multi method pick(Baggy:D: $count) returns Seq:D

Like an ordinary list pick, but returns keys of the invocant weighted by their values, as if the keys were replicated the number of times indicated by the corresponding value and then list pick used. The underlying metaphor for picking is that you're pulling colored marbles out a bag. (For "picking with replacement" see roll instead). If * is passed as $count, or $count is greater than or equal to the total of the invocant, then total elements from the invocant are returned in a random sequence.

Note that each pick invocation maintains its own private state and has no effect on subsequent pick invocations.

my $breakfast = bag <eggs bacon bacon bacon>;
say $breakfast.pick;                              # eggs
say $breakfast.pick(2);                           # (eggs bacon)

say $breakfast.total;                             # 4
say $breakfast.pick(*);                           # (bacon bacon bacon eggs)

class Range

From Range

method pick

method pick(Range:D:        ) returns Any:D
method pick(Range:D: $number) returns Seq:D

Performs the same function as Range.list.pick, but attempts to optimize by not actually generating the list if it is not necessary.

role Setty

From Setty

method pick

multi method pick($count = 1)

Returns $count elements chosen at random (without repetition) from the set.

If * is passed as $count, or $count is greater than or equal to the size of the set, then all its elements are returned in random order.