Forum: Ruby sort_by{rand} doesn't shuffle array

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Pat M. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 12:03
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I did some searching on how to shuffle an array, and found
sort_by{rand}.  However, if I call it, it doesn't make a change to my
array at all.  I've got a class like this
class MyClass
  def initialize
    # Populate the array
    @my_array = Array.new
    ...
  end

  def shuffle!
    @my_array.sort_by{rand}
  end
end

If I call shuffle! from my code, the array's elements are still in the
order that they were created.  Why are they not being shuffled like I
want?
Mauricio F. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 12:25
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On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 07:03:42PM +0900, Pat M. wrote:
>   def shuffle!
>     @my_array.sort_by{rand}
      @my_array = @my_array.sort_by{rand}
Devin M. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 13:55
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Mauricio F. wrote:

>On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 07:03:42PM +0900, Pat M. wrote:
>
>
>>  def shuffle!
>>    @my_array.sort_by{rand}
>>
>>
>      @my_array = @my_array.sort_by{rand}
>
>
or      @my_array.sort_by! { rand }
Sylvain J. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 14:11
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> or      @my_array.sort_by! { rand }
Except that sort_by! does not exist ;-) (at least not in 1.8.4)
Mauricio F. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 14:14
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On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 08:54:33PM +0900, Devin M. wrote:
> >
> >
> or      @my_array.sort_by! { rand }

RUBY_RELEASE_DATE                                  # => "2005-12-24"
RUBY_VERSION                                       # => "1.8.4"
%w[a b c d].sort_by!{rand}                         # =>
# ~> -:3: undefined method `sort_by!' for ["a", "b", "c", "d"]:Array
(NoMethodError)
Devin M. (Guest)
on 2006-01-03 14:23
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Mauricio F. wrote:

># ~> -:3: undefined method `sort_by!' for ["a", "b", "c", "d"]:Array (NoMethodError)
>
>
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