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Unique number generation

 
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i want to generate a unique random number.
But the constraint is this number must not be repeated in 10 months span.
it should be unique and itz length must be 9 digits long.
 
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Welcome to JavaRanch, kasi!
In 10 months time, about how many ids are to be generated?
 
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HI kasi
As Dirk pointed out, it would more helpful to know "how many IDs you need to generate" BUT here is some rough logic I can think of right now,
If we have 9 digit number to be generated that should not be repeated in 10 months span then I would suggest something like following,
- Consider positions of digits from 0 to 8, left-to-right (total 9 digits).
- First digit (0th) you can use to indicate the month number,
0 for 1st month
1 for 2nd month
2 for 3rd month etc...
- Second two digits (1st and 2nd) to indicate the day in the month (00 to 31)
- For remaining 6 digits (3rd to 8th position) you can generate random number.
This way atleast we would ensure that in a single day in any month we can generate 10^6 random numbers and we reduce our scope of "having uniqueness" to 10^6 then 10^9.
Now, this would not be really fully random as you would know the first 3 numbers always but I am just throwing ideas from top of my head if they are useful in anyway...
I wish I was a mathemetician
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