# [C#] Convert "1,2,3,4,5....,N" to "632,124,364,983, ...., etc".

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I have a need to turn a sequence into apparent randomness, and then be able to turn it back again. For instance, I pass it "1" it returns "636", I pass it "2" it returns "125". And it's completely reversible. I say reverse("636") and I get "1". The range of values for input is in the billions, so simply storing a lookup table isn't going to help. Know of any .NET libraries that are designed for this? So I don't have to go invent my own contraption. =/

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It all depends on how apparent you want the randomness to be. XOR is easy, fast, and trivially reversible.

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Quote:
 Original post by SneftelIt all depends on how apparent you want the randomness to be. XOR is easy, fast, and trivially reversible.

A simple XOR will not give the level of randomness I need. If I'm thinking straight, XOR would give me about B sequential series of consecutive numbers (I don't know if that makes logical sense) where B is the number of bits in the XOR code,

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,...."

Transforms into:

"100, 500, 400, 101, 501, 401, 102, 502, 402, 103,503,403"

Least, I think this is how it would look...

Edit:/ I cannot believe I'm googling for "reversible randomize function", lol..

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You could still use XOR, but add a key-value (like n, the number of input values) to each number in the sequence before and/or after XOR-ing it.

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If you don't want consecutive runs, just shuffle the bits afterwards.

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You might have better luck searching for "involution"/"involutary function", mathematical terms for a function is its own inverse or "reciprocal cipher" which is the cryptographic term for a encryption method that is its own inverse.

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http://objectmix.com/c/242647-reversible-random-generator.html

Solution sounds simple and like something you could use.

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I would just have a set pattern you use to switch up bits, then do an XOR to invert some of them.
value 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1bit   0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

goes to
value 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1bit   3 6 2 0 7 1 4 5

10001001 ^ 00101101 -> 10100100

to undo it just do it backward.
XOR with the same mask.encoded    mask10100100 ^ 00101101 -> 10001001

Then reverse the scramble.

That should yield pretty random looking results.

EDIT:
or for even more random like results you could also set the seed of a random number. Use that random seed to generate a random number to do the mask with or even to switch bits with. Then when you save the number save the seed you used in front of the number.

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I'm still googling around, I'll try 'involution' in my search terms.

Bitwise operations in C# arn't fun.. I made a bug in my code just now, but I don't know if I really want to pursue using my own invention for this:

using System;using System.Collections.Generic;using System.Text;class cBitShuffle{    private const int MyCode = (unchecked((int)0xB00B1EE5));    private static void sSwapBit(ref int TheNumber, int TheLocation1, int TheLocation2)    {        if (!(TheLocation1 >= 0 && TheLocation1 < 32) ||            !(TheLocation2 >= 0 && TheLocation2 < 32))            throw new Exception("Location index must be in range [0..31].");        if (TheLocation1 == TheLocation2) return;        /* Get the bits. */        int TheBit1 = (TheNumber & (1 << TheLocation1)) > 0 ? 1 : 0;         int TheBit2 = (TheNumber & (1 << TheLocation2)) > 0 ? 1 : 0;        /* Clear bits. */        TheNumber &= (int)(0xFFFFFFFF ^ (1 << TheLocation1));        TheNumber &= (int)(0xFFFFFFFF ^ (1 << TheLocation2));        /* Set the bits. */        TheNumber |= TheBit1 << TheLocation2;        TheNumber |= TheBit2 << TheLocation1;    }    static int sEncode(int TheNumber)    {        /* First, NOR it with boobiees. */        TheNumber ^= MyCode;        /* Then swap like a flipflop. */        for (int TheLoop = 0; TheLoop < 32; TheLoop++)            sSwapBit(ref TheNumber, TheLoop, (TheLoop * 3) % 32);        return TheNumber;    }    static int sDecode(int TheNumber)    {        /* First, undo the swaps. */        for (int TheLoop = 0; TheLoop < 32; TheLoop++)            sSwapBit(ref TheNumber, TheLoop, (TheLoop * 3) % 32);        /* Then, undo the NOR it with boobiees. */        TheNumber ^= MyCode;        return TheNumber;    }    static void Main(string[] args)    {        for (int TheLoop = 0; TheLoop < 100; TheLoop++)            Console.WriteLine(TheLoop.ToString() + "\t" + sEncode(TheLoop) + "\t" + sDecode(sEncode(TheLoop)));        Console.ReadKey();    }}

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