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Randomize answers in examdesign documentclass?

I am using the examdesign documentclass to write multiple versions of a multiple choice test. The package is great at randomizing question ordering, but I would like to randomize answer order as well. ...
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Shuffling table rows using PGF

Does anyone know how to get table with rows randomly shuffled (using \pgfplotstabletypeset from .dat-type file)? My current code is \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents,pgfplotstable} ...
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December challenge: Create an Advent Calendar

While thinking about creating an own Advent Calendar for the beloved people around me – instead of buying a boring one with chocolate in it – a thought came to my mind: "How would I draw this in ...
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Include Array Elements in a Barcode

I want to use TeX for setting up many barcodes with random numbers. Therefore I generated some random numbers and stored them in a .txt file. To create the barcode, I used a macro from Is there a good ...
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Drawing abstract region with partitions using tikz

I want to draw an abstract region with five partitions, where each partition is shaded and labeled differently. An example region (without the shading) would be as follows:
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Permuting an index list; and creating an index list of 0's and 1's

I want to run the steps of a loop in random order and also save the order in which the iterations were carried out: \documentclass[english]{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Is it possible to call/reference sagetex within a latex command?

I'm doing a few projects in which it would be very helpful to get some numbers from a sagetex environment, and then directly using them within latex. I know Latex isn't great at storing ...
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How can I randomly perturb the position of a grid of nodes?

I have a grid of nodes generated by the following code: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{pgfplots} \tikzset{ small-node/.style={ shape=circle, fill=white, ...
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guess a number proportional to another [closed]

This is a challenging question. I am not sure how to begin coding it, or whether it is easily possible in TeX. I wish to define a command that takes in input of a simple formula such as Z = X x N + ...
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Generating practice sheets for characters

I'm currently learning japanese, and since they have different characters, I'm doing some practice where I make a table, in which each cell contains the pronounciation of one of their characters, and ...
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How do I empty a list pgfmath randomlist

I'm trying to use \pgfmathrandomlists. I know that the command \pgfmathdeclarerandomlist{list}{{item1}{item2}...} produces a list and that the command \pgfmathrandomitem select a random item from a ...
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Is it a convenient way to write longer program codes in LaTeX?

Before I only used ifthenelse and for loops, but not complicated data structures. I don't know what is the convenient way to write longer codes. As an example I would like to generate a random ...
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Why do I need to wait about 30 seconds or more to generate a new set of questions in this code?

This is a follow-up question to this question: Generate exam from a question bank? In the following code by @Werner, I am curious to know why do I need to wait about 30 seconds or more to ...
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fill the interior of a randomly constructed closed path

I am not sure how to proceed in filling the interior of a randomly generated (via a random decoration) path. I began with code given in the answer to this question and worked on it since the basic ...
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Problem with Dense distribution

What is poisson.sty? and how can i fix this problem because I want to run the below code but there is an error ( poisson.sty not found) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{poisson} ...
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Randomize a section of code lines

This is similar to a previous question, but I didn't really understand the answer given. One possible use of what I'm asking is in the following code for a Matching style of question, where lines of ...
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Can LaTeX select a random line from another file?

Can LaTeX select a line from one file and include it in the main file? I use the exam class to make course exams. I like to include a brief quote related to the course in the footer of the last exam ...
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Problem generating a random worksheet

I've been trying to adapt the steps given here. how-to-generate-random-variables-then-use-in-calculations-in-pdflatex My MWE is below (and I apologise for the code being a bit clunky!) ...
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How to have a real random pattern?

How to have a new recalculated random pattern ? this one is the same translated everywhere. Edit I perfectly understand that the pattern is calculated once and drawn several times after. My ...
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! Argument of \pgfmathrnd@@ has an extra }

The followin code gives this error : ! Argument of \pgfmathrnd@@ has an extra }. <inserted text> \par l.12 } ? ! Emergency stop. <inserted text> ...
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Randomly assign background colour for each frame

How can a randomly picked background colour be chosen for each beamer frame? Note: This question is asked to round out the question Randomly assign color to background in the PDF whenever page is ...
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Random selection of file issues

I have tried to create an exam with random questions selected from different files as shown here. The code I used works but is only randomized on a random basis; i.e. for 1st round it gives a set of ...
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How to Generate Random Variables then Use in Calculations in pdflatex

I'm basically trying to create multiple versions of a worksheet, each with different values for the variables in each question. To do this I'm defining random variables, then each time I compile the ...
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How to correctly decorate an ellipse with random steps

To create something that looks like the shape of a lake, the following code transforms the border of a blue ellipse with smooth random steps. The idea is taken from another answer. ...
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Gaussian random numbers

The Tikz manual has all sorts of different options regarding math, but the following is the first version which actually worked. Is there a better way to do this? \documentclass{article} ...
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Arbitrary Ragged Curves for Phase Diagram in TikZ

How can one draw a good looking curved random line extending along a diagonal connecting two arbitrary nodes in TikZ? (Also, how do I add arrowheads like I would usually do, or do I have to create ...
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Why doesn't fancyhdr like random numbers?

In the following MWE I use \lhead{\stepcounter{step}\arabic{step}} and it works perfectly, incrementing by 1 each page. I also use \chead{\setrand{100}\arabic{rand}} and get the same number every ...
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Random number without repetition in an \includegraphics

I have 58 images in PDF format. At the moment, each of them is in a separate PDF, such as 1.pdf, 2.pdf etc. I would like to include those 58 images in a random order without repetition. I found the ...
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Have a new seed in pgfmath more often

I'm using pgfmath in my code since I need some randomness and I want the seed used for the randomness to be updated each time I compile. I read that pgfmath is updating the seed every minute, which is ...
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Print arguments of a macro in a random order

I have the following (simplified) LaTeX code that simply prints all its arguments. \newcommand{\mm}[4]{#1 #2 #3 #4} Now, I would like the arguments to be printed in a random order, e.g., #2 #1 #4 ...
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How do I put a die roll at the top of each page?

I was thinking about a trick I heard of in old RPG books and wondered how you would do it in LaTeX. So it used to be hard to find RPG dice in stores (That is, dice with 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 sides. ...
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Drawing randomly ragged lines in technical drawings

I am having issues getting started on drawing a randomly ragged line, with finite variation, between two endpoints. The random function which uses variable rnd I think can be used, for instance, ...
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Generating random conversions

I am working on a system to randomly generate some exercises on unit conversion. The students get a exercise like 27.89 mm = ...... hm I achieved this whit the use of a random value generator ...
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ConTeXt+MetaPost: Non-conflicting random background and foreground colours

Overview Looking to create a page that has a random (and non-consecutively repeating) background colour with titles that are also random. Problem The code has two problems. First, generating a ...
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MetaPost: Randomly generated number, distinct from previously generated number

Overview Looking to create random page background colours where the same background colour never appears more than once in succession (i.e., red, green, blue, green, blue, red, etc. -- never red, ...
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MetaPost: Randomly variably thick curves

Overview Looking to emulate the following sinusoidal wave having random variations in both its filled and outline thickness: The wave has two parts: a variably thick filling and a variably thick ...
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Randomized coordinates in TikZ

I need to draw a number of `bacteria' in TikZ. Their coordinates and orientation needs to be random within a pre-defined scope. I have randomized the orientation successfully, but not the location of ...
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Creating random patterns in TikZ

I'm interested in doing two (not completely) separate things in TikZ, if I should open another question for one part, please tell me so. What I'm interested in is: Create a random array of filled ...
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How can I make random placed edges between two graph partitions?

I have to nodes (V1) and (V2) (representing sets of graph vertices) and I want to draw, say, 10 edges(lines) between them. I don't want to hardcode random locations so I did: \begin{pgfonlayer}{bg} % ...
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Draw randomized tree in TikZ

I am trying to draw a randomized tree using TikZ, that is, I'm looking for a macro \randtree{NN}{x} that attaches a randomized tree of maximum depth x to a node named NN. The nodes need not be visible ...
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How to randomly display a word from a list of words (a random student's name of my class)? [duplicate]

Last year, I came up with a solution to randomly display the names of my students in a presentation using the package tikz. Unfortunately, I'm not a LaTeX guru, and it's far from perfect: ...
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Random 3D shape

I created a picture for a random charge distribution and it currently looks like this \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{intersections, decorations,circuits.ee.IEC, calc, ...
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How to seed \FPseed with a value that is unique for every compilation?

How to seed \FPseed with a value that is unique for every compilation? Is there a LaTeX macro to get the CPU tick so I can use it to seed? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fp} \begin{document} ...
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Help me to recover the seed ! pdfuniformdeviate

I made a BIG mistake : I compiled a file and used some macro with pdfuniformdeviate. But I did not realized I will need to recompile this (official) document with the SAME random sampling. I keep all ...
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N in M : random choice

What is the most simple way, in pdflatex, to have a command such that \NinM{n}{m}{c}{d} will expand to c with probability n/m and will expand to d with probability 1-n/m ?
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How do I generate in LaTeX a list of random questions avoiding repetitions?

How do I generate in LaTeX a list of random questions avoiding repetitions? \documentclass{article} \usepackage[pdftex]{exerquiz} \usepackage{enumitem} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Generating random numbers without repetitions

How do I generate in LaTeX a list of random integers, in a given range, avoiding repetitions? The command \pgfmathrandomitem selects an item from a list, but when inserted in a loop can select twice ...
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creating a list of random numbers using a loop

I am trying to write a loop that will generate a set of random variables to be used in the probsoln package. I would like to make a loop to generate A, B, C, etc. This exam will have a lot of ...
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Randomised LaTeX based multiple choice test

I would like to create a multiple choice test with LaTeX. It has the following boundary conditions: 20 questions (q) per test . 20 students (s) take the test, the order of the question should be ...
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How to randomly extract some pages of a PDF file, sort their pages, and finally bundle them into a new PDF?

Some books in amazon.com have excerpts (first several pages plus appendixes) from which we can know their contents, layouts, etc roughly prior to purchasing. Statistically I think it will be better if ...