# Generate integer from 1 to 7 with equal probability

Given a function foo() that returns integers from 1 to 5 with equal probability, write a function that returns integers from 1 to 7 with equal probability using foo() only. Minimize the number of calls to foo() method. Also, use of any other library function is not allowed and no floating point arithmetic allowed.**Solution :**

We know foo() returns integers from 1 to 5. How we can ensure that integers from 1 to 7 occur with equal probability?

If we somehow generate integers from 1 to a-multiple-of-7 (like 7, 14, 21, …) with equal probability, we can use modulo division by 7 followed by adding 1 to get the numbers from 1 to 7 with equal probability.

We can generate from 1 to 21 with equal probability using the following expression.

5*foo() + foo() -5

Let us see how above expression can be used.

1. For each value of first foo(), there can be 5 possible combinations for values of second foo(). So, there are total 25 combinations possible.

2. The range of values returned by the above equation is 1 to 25, each integer occurring exactly once.

3. If the value of the equation comes out to be less than 22, return modulo division by 7 followed by adding 1. Else, again call the method recursively. The probability of returning each integer thus becomes 1/7.

The below program shows that the expression returns each integer from 1 to 25 exactly once.

## C++

`#include <stdio.h>` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `int` `first, second;` ` ` `for` `( first=1; first<=5; ++first )` ` ` `for` `( second=1; second<=5; ++second )` ` ` `printf` `(` `"%d \n"` `, 5*first + second - 5);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java code to demonstrate` `// expression returns each integer` `// from 1 to 25 exactly once` `class` `GFG {` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `first, second;` ` ` `for` `( first=` `1` `; first<=` `5` `; ++first )` ` ` `for` `( second=` `1` `; second<=` `5` `; ++second )` ` ` `System.out.printf (` `"%d \n"` `, ` `5` `*first + second - ` `5` `);` ` ` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by` `// Smitha Dinesh Semwal` |

## Python3

`# Python3 code to demonstrate` `# expression returns each integer` `# from 1 to 25 exactly once` `if` `name ` `=` `=` `'__main__'` `:` ` ` ` ` `for` `first ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, ` `6` `):` ` ` `for` `second ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, ` `6` `):` ` ` `print` `(` `5` `*` `first ` `+` `second ` `-` `5` `)` `# This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal.` |

## C#

`// C# code to demonstrate expression returns` `// each integer from 1 to 25 exactly once` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` ` ` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `Main()` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `first, second;` ` ` `for` `( first = 1; first <= 5; ++first )` ` ` `for` `( second = 1; second <= 5; ++second )` ` ` `Console.WriteLine ( 5*first + second - 5);` ` ` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by Sam007.` |

## PHP

`<?php` `// PHP program to Generate integer` `// from 1 to 7 with equal probability` ` ` `$first` `;` ` ` `$second` `;` ` ` `for` `( ` `$first` `= 1; ` `$first` `<= 5; ++` `$first` `)` ` ` `for` `( ` `$second` `= 1; ` `$second` `<= 5; ++` `$second` `)` ` ` `echo` `5 * ` `$first` `+ ` `$second` `- 5, ` `"\n"` `;` `// This code is contributed by ajit.` `?>` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// Javascript Program to demonstrate` `// expression returns each integer` `// from 1 to 25 exactly once` `// Driver Code` ` ` `let first, second;` ` ` `for` `( first=1; first<=5; ++first )` ` ` `for` `( second=1; second<=5; ++second ) {` ` ` `document.write( 5*first + second - 5);` ` ` `document.write(` `"<br />"` `);` ` ` `}` `</script>` |

**Output :**

1 2 . . 24 25

The below program depicts how we can use foo() to return 1 to 7 with equal probability.

## C++

`// C++ program to Generate integer from` `// 1 to 5 with equal probability` `#include <stdio.h>` `// given method that returns 1 to 5 with equal probability` `int` `foo()` `{` ` ` `// some code here` `}` `int` `my_rand() ` `// returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` `{` ` ` `int` `i;` ` ` `i = 5*foo() + foo() - 5;` ` ` `if` `(i < 22)` ` ` `return` `i%7 + 1;` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` `}` `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `printf` `(` `"%d "` `, my_rand());` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java program to Generate integer from` `// 1 to 5 with equal probability` `class` `GfG` `{` `// given method that returns 1 to 5 with equal probability` `static` `int` `foo()` `{` ` ` `// some code here` ` ` `return` `0` `;` `}` `// returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` `public` `static` `int` `my_rand() ` `{` ` ` `int` `i;` ` ` `i = ` `5` `*foo() + foo() - ` `5` `;` ` ` `if` `(i < ` `22` `)` ` ` `return` `i%` `7` `+ ` `1` `;` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` `}` `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {` ` ` `System.out.println(my_rand());` `}` `}` |

## Python3

`# Python3 program to Generate integer` `# from 1 to 5 with equal probability` `# given method that returns 1 to 5` `# with equal probability` `def` `foo():` ` ` `# some code here` ` ` `return` `0` `;` `# returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` `def` `my_rand():` ` ` `i ` `=` `0` `;` ` ` `i ` `=` `(` `5` `*` `foo()) ` `+` `(foo() ` `-` `5` `);` ` ` `if` `(i < ` `22` `):` ` ` `if` `(i < ` `0` `):` ` ` `return` `(i ` `%` `7` `-` `7` `) ` `+` `1` `;` ` ` `else` `:` ` ` `return` `(i ` `%` `7` `) ` `+` `1` `;` ` ` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` `# Driver code` `if` `__name__ ` `=` `=` `'__main__'` `:` ` ` `print` `(my_rand());` `# This code contributed by PrinciRaj1992` |

## C#

`// C# program to Generate integer from` `// 1 to 5 with equal probability` `using` `System;` `class` `GfG` `{` ` ` `// given method that returns 1 to 5 with equal probability` `static` `int` `foo()` `{` ` ` `// some code here` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` ` ` `// returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` `public` `static` `int` `my_rand() ` `{` ` ` `int` `i;` ` ` `i = 5*foo() + foo() - 5;` ` ` `if` `(i < 22)` ` ` `return` `i%7 + 1;` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` `}` ` ` `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `Main () {` ` ` ` ` `Console.Write(my_rand()+` `"\n"` `);` `}` `}` |

## PHP

`<?php` `// PHP program to Generate integer from` `// 1 to 5 with equal probability` `// given method that returns 1 to 5` `// with equal probability` `function` `foo()` `{` ` ` `// some code here` `}` `// returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` `function` `my_rand()` `{` ` ` `$i` `;` ` ` `$i` `= 5 * foo() + foo() - 5;` ` ` `if` `(` `$i` `< 22)` ` ` `return` `$i` `% 7 + 1;` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` `}` `// Driver code` `echo` `my_rand();` `// This code is contributed by Tushil.` `?>` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// Javascript program to Generate integer from` `// 1 to 5 with equal probability` ` ` `// given method that returns 1 to 5 with equal probability` ` ` `function` `foo()` ` ` `{` ` ` `// some code here` ` ` `return` `0;` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// returns 1 to 7 with equal probability` ` ` `function` `my_rand()` ` ` `{` ` ` `let i;` ` ` `i = 5*foo() + foo() - 5;` ` ` `if` `(i < 22)` ` ` `return` `i%7 + 1;` ` ` `return` `my_rand();` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Driver code` ` ` `document.write(my_rand());` ` ` ` ` `// This code is contributed by rag2127` ` ` `</script>` |

**Output:**

-4

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