[R] Infinite loop

From: Hosack, Michael <mhosack_at_state.pa.us>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:02:54 -0400

R experts,

Hello, I am trying to sample a vector 1:40 without replacement such that no element in the new vector is within 7 units of either of its immediate neighbors. This is part of a larger program I am working on. The following code works well about 65 % of the time (14/40). The problem I encounter happens when the last element remaining to be sampled from the vector STRATA is within 7 digits +- of the last element in the vector s1, at which point an infinite loop occurs. At least that's what I think is happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


STRATA <- 1:40
s1 <- sample(STRATA, 1)
for (i in seq(from = 1, to = 39, by = 1)){   repeat{
    tmp <- sample(STRATA, 1)
    if (!any(s1 == tmp) & !any(as.vector(IRanges(s1[length(s1)]-7, s1[length(s1)]+7)) %in% tmp)) break     }
  s1 <- c(s1,tmp)

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