I've coded a simple quiz game for Android, and currently Im having troubles with making questions not appear after they've been shown, i.o. I dont want it to ask me the same question twice..

This is the method Im using

 private void QBegin() {
    * Gets a random question
    question = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.question);
    String[] types = { "Question one",
            "Question two", 
            "Question three", 
            "Question four",
            "Question five"};
    Random random = new Random();
    int qType = random.nextInt(types.length);
    getAnswers(qType); //gets four answers

Im not sure if this will work but, what if I add something like

Edit : Doesn't work..

    int i = 0;
    ArrayList<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
    if(list.contains(qType) && i != types.length + 1){
    } else {
        answerCounter.setText("Hit the bricks pal, you're done..");

On http://stackoverflow.com got told to , add smth like:

    ArrayList<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
        // help please, as I have no idea on what I should be doing!

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There are basically two different ways of doing this efficiently:

  • Put the questions in a list
  • Shuffle the list
  • Loop through the list and show the questions


  • Put the questions in a list
  • Pick a question to show by random
  • Remove that question from the list
  • Repeat until the list is empty

The usual way is to start with something like an array of indexes, then shuffle those into (pseudo-) random order with something like the Fisher-Yates shuffle.

Another possibility is to use a random number generator whose range and period are exactly equal to the number of entries you need to shuffle. Offhand I don't remember any algorithms for finding a generator with a specified range and period though.


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