sequence number from population

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From a production run I am trying to pull specific sequence based on the size of the run for quality control testing:

Example Function Parameters:

RunSelect ( quantity ; selection )

RunSelect ( 200 ; 2 )

The goal is to enumerate the list from 1 - 200 and then randomly choose a sequence number: Based on a random first 5 or last 5 so the result would be a random of 1-5 and between 196-200

Result:  3¶196

If the selection size was only 1 then it should choose randomly from the front or back of stack then choose a random from the that first or last set of five.

From a mathematical standpoint are these two essentially the same thing - picking a random item from:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 196,197,198, 199, 200 vs picking heads / tails then picking one from the five in the series?

I haven't yet written the function, wondering if someone has?

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1 hour ago, Ocean West said:

From a mathematical standpoint are these two essentially the same thing - picking a random item from:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 196,197,198, 199, 200 vs picking heads / tails then picking one from the five in the series?

(Edit) Ok, now I got it. No, there is no difference. In both cases, the probability of picking any one of the 10 numbers is 0.1.

1 hour ago, Ocean West said:

The goal is to enumerate the list from 1 - 200 and then randomly choose a sequence number:

If you are picking one item out of five, it doesn't matter what the five items are called. To pick two random items, one from the range of 1-5, and the other from 196-200, you can pick two random items from 1-5 and add 195 to the second one of these. There is no need to enumerate the entire range (or any range, for that matter).

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Thanks @comment regarding the odds.

I already have a calculation to determine the number needed to pick based on the overall quantity. For every 100 items we pick 1 item for quality testing with a bit of rounding, if you have 130 items you' would pick one item either 1-5 or 126-130, if you had 200 items it would be 1-5 or 196-200.

just trying to get a return value for the number to pick from either the front or back of the stack.

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probably not perfect but seems to work -

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I am afraid I am unable to follow the logic.

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