An interesting problem I ran across on a blog the other day. Quote from the blog…
Given a function which produces a random integer in the range of 1 to 5, write a function which produces a random integer in the range of 1 to 7 This is well-known as one of the so called Microsoft/Google interview questions. There are million ways to solve it.
So here is my Take on the solution.
You will only get 1 2 3 or 7 using this solution, but the requirements didn’t call for uniformity. More uniform would be
A friend of mine was confused with the modulus ’%’ in this function. The modulus returns the remainder of a division operation. The remainder of a division can never be greater than the dividing number ( in this case 7 ) which means % will always return a number between 6 and 0 ( 0 … 6 ) which is also why we add a +1 to the result to get 1 thru 7