Deck of Cards

Routine Summary

Simulates a standard 52-card deck of cards.




∟DECK - the cards, in the format:


Value is 1..13
Suit is 0, .25, .5, .75

Variables Used


Calculator Compatibility



Creating the deck


Shuffling the deck


Accessing individual cards

Disp "VALUE:",sub("A23456789TJQK",int(Ans),1 
Disp "SUIT:",sub("SHCD",4fPart(Ans)+1, 1

The cards in the deck are stored in the form Value.Suit, where the value of the card (Ace through King) is encoded as a number 1 through 13; and the suit of the card is the fractional part, encoded as one of 0, 0.25, 0.5, or 0.75. In the above code (accessing individual cards), the convention is that 0=Spades, 0.25=Hearts, 0.5=Clubs, 0.75=Diamonds; however, you can pick any order as long as you're consistent.

Since any value from 1.00 to 13.75, that's 1/4 of an integer, is a valid card, we can generate the entire deck as 1/4 of the values {4,5, …, 54, 55}.

When shuffling the deck, we generate a random list in L₁, then use SortA( to sort ∟DECK by the values in L₁. Since the values in L₁ are random, this has the effect of sorting ∟DECK in a random order.

The main overhead of this shuffling method, however, is that generating a random list might take a long time (around a second or two). To avoid this, you can generate individual elements of L₁ randomly in a getKey loop, while waiting for a key, then use L₁ to shuffle later. Since shuffling isn't done often, by the time you need to shuffle, L₁ will most likely be fully randomized already.

Finally, accessing the cards is done using fPart( and int(. If a variable X is encoded in the same way that we encode cards, int(X) will return its value (1-13) and 4fPart(X)+1 will return its suit as a number 1-4.


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