Select random items from a list.


def setup():
    words = ["apple", "bear", "cat", "dog"]
    word = py5.random_sample(words)
    py5.println(word)  # Prints one of the four words


Select random items from a list. The list items can be of any type. If multiple items are selected, this function will by default allow the same item to be selected multiple times. Set the replace parameter to False to prevent the same item from being selected multiple times.

The returned value will always be a sequence such as a list or numpy array, even if only one item is sampled. If you only want to sample one item, consider using random_choice() instead. If the list of objects is empty, an empty list will be returned.

This function’s randomness can be influenced by random_seed(), and makes calls to numpy to select the random items.


    objects: list[Any],  # list of objects to choose from
    size: int = 1,  # number of random items to select
    replace: bool = True,  # whether to select random items with or without replacement
) -> list[Any]

Updated on April 15, 2023 22:56:12pm UTC