From: Brion Vibber <brion(a)pobox.com>
On Thu, 2003-05-01 at 08:53, Nick Reinking wrote:
Off the top of my head, I can't think of any
simple mathematical way
do want you want to do. (that being making
articles selected randomly
less likely to be selected randomly over time)
Not sure who wants to do that... For me it's quite sufficient to make
the probability of selection random, and let the size of the selection
field make multiple selections _reasonably_ rare.
With over 100,000 articles, it's unlikely the user will ever see the same
article come up twice. A previous flawed algorithm had the property of
making a few articles much more likely to be selected.