[xquery-talk] Random number generation : requirements

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Tue May 6 09:53:47 PDT 2014

The W3C WGs are looking at the idea of introducing a random-number function of some kind in XPath 3.1. The challenge of course is making this both usable and a pure function with no side-effects. We have various design ideas which we need to test against requirements.

If you have any applications that use or need such a function, please could I have a brief description of the way it uses random numbers, e.g. just wanting a single random number, a random permutation of 52 integers, an arbitrary sequence of random numebrs for test data generation, etc.

If you're currently using the EXSLT random-sequence() function, please share your experience with it.

Michael Kay

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