Fast random sampling using reservoir sampling
For Node.js, use
npm install reservoir
var Reservoir = ;
For the browser, add the following to your pages:
...Or using AMD in the browser:
A reservoir is just an array with one very special function added -
To create an empty reservoir that will contain a maximum of 3 randomly-chosen items:
var myReservoir = ;
Now, using that new reservoir we begin to add items into it:
var myData = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10;myData;
At this point,
myReservoir will contain example 3 randomly-chosen values from the array
2 4 7 // This can be any random subset of myData
As we can see, one important property of the Reservoir is that the order of the input is preserved.
Reservoir.pushSome operates much like the real
Array.push we can pass
pushSome more than one parameter and each one will be pushed in order. That means we can make the previous example more succinct by using
Since the object returned from Reservoir() is just an array decorated with a
pushSome function, all normal array functions are available. Particularly of value are the iterator functions:
TODO: Advanced usage (ie. see
reservoirSize is the maximum size of the reservoir. This is the number of elements to be randomly chosen from the input provided to it using
randomNumberGenerator is an optional random number generating function to use in place of the default
An empty Reservoir (an Array with the function
pushSome added to it).
datum one or more elements to consider for inclusion into the reservoir.
The current length of the reservoir.
Copyright (C) 2012 Jon-Carlos Rivera
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