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vb.net delete random from ArrayList

Posted on 2013-10-31
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Hello,
I have an ArrayList called "lastnames" with 20 items.
I would like to know whats the easiest way to remove random items from it leaving it with only 5 records.. how can I do this?
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by:BakuRetsu_X
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Create a random number generator object up to the size of your matrix.
Once you grab a number, take that as your array index to remove from the array.
Are you looking for code example?

Search vb.net random number generator on google.
Then search remove from array list vb.net.
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by:XK8ER
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yeah I tried that but for example I do

myAL.RemoveAt(5)
myAL.RemoveAt(8)
myAL.RemoveAt(12)

at this point i have only 17 items in the arraylist so when I do

myAL.RemoveAt(19)

it crashes
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Make sure the next random number you generate is never larger than the maximum index of your collection.

e.g.

Dim rand As New Random()
Dim myAL As New ArrayList() = SomeInitialization()
Dim toRemove As Integer = rand.Next(0, myAL.Count)

myAL.RemoveAt(toRemove)

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Mike Tomlinson earned 250 total points
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Another quick example:
        Dim R As New Random
        While lastnames.Count > 5
            lastnames.RemoveAt(R.Next(lastnames.Count))
        End While

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by:BakuRetsu_X
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Remember.  The array is constantly shrinking also. So each time you want the random number to be within the length of it.
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