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Thread: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

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    Default Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    Hi

    Im very new to java and trying to make a simple java program which will work out the chances of two people sharing the same birthday in say a class of 40 people. Using the monte Carlo method the above senerio will be simulated 10,000 times. Below is the code I have already written

    public class birthday
    {
        public static void main(String[] args)
        {
            long experiments = 10000;
            long bdaycount = 0;
            int bday1, bday2;
     
     
    for(long i = 0; i < experiments; i++) {
     
     
        for(int j = 0; j < 20; j++) {
     
     
           bday1 = probability(); 
           bday2 = probability();
     
            if(bday1 == bday2) {
                bdaycount++;
     
                break;
     
            }
     
        }
    }
     
        System.out.println("prob is: " + ((double)bdaycount / (double)experiments));
     
    }
        public static int probability()
        {
            double x = Math.random();
            x = 1.0 + (x * 365);
            int outcome = (int)Math.floor(x);
     
            return outcome;
     
        }
     
     
    }

    But I quickly figured at that all this is doing is getting to birthdays at a time and comparing those instead of the entire class of 40. So my question is how can I compare the whole class and see if there are 2 or more birthdays in which are the same. I thought that it may be possible to store the values in an array but im not sure.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks


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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    You were right, it would be best to create the birthdays in an array, probably by using another method that creates an int array size 40, and cycles through each index and gives it probability, then calculate from there in either another method or inside the main loop in the main method.

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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    Ok ive now created an array and also a loop which gives my my 40 different birthday as showed below.

    int myarray[] = new int[40];
     
            for(int i = 0; i < myarray.length; i++){
                myarray[i] = (int)(Math.random() * 365);
     
            }

    But now I dont really no how I can check the array for 2 or more of the same values.

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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    Can I not look in other places for help? I'm just trying to get my coding issue resolved quickly.

    If I'm not meant to post on different forums with my questions I apologise.

    Is anybody able to help my further with my initial problem?

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    Quote Originally Posted by Tronez View Post
    Can I not look in other places for help? I'm just trying to get my coding issue resolved quickly.

    If I'm not meant to post on different forums with my questions I apologise.
    Recommended reading: The problems with cross-posting

    Basically, we don't want to waste our time answering questions that might have already been answered elsewhere. We don't know what kind of advice or information has been exchanged already, so why bother? We have hundreds of posts to get to, so why answer the one that might already be solved somewhere else? The least you can do is provide a link between crossposts so we know what has already been discussed.
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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    Sorry about that i genuinely didnt realise, but it wont happen again.

    Relating back to the issue with my current code is anybody able to help and give me some advice

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    I'd be very grateful if somebody could give me a hand with my coding issue.

    Ive been trying to do this for a while and still cant get it to work.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Looking for duplicate birthdays program

    You could use another array of the same size and use it as a 'bucket' and just add to the appropriate bucket each time you check a number
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