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Title: Random one-of-N selector

Abstract

An apparatus for selecting at random one item of N items on the average comprising counter and reset elements for counting repeatedly between zero and N, a number selected by the user, a circuit for activating and deactivating the counter, a comparator to determine if the counter stopped at a count of zero, an output to indicate an item has been selected when the count is zero or not selected if the count is not zero. Randomness is provided by having the counter cycle very often while varying the relatively longer duration between activation and deactivation of the count. The passive circuit components of the activating/deactivating circuit and those of the counter are selected for the sensitivity of their response to variations in temperature and other physical characteristics of the environment so that the response time of the circuitry varies. Additionally, the items themselves, which may be people, may vary in shape or the time they press a pushbutton, so that, for example, an ultrasonic beam broken by the item or person passing through it will add to the duration of the count and thus to the randomness of the selection.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (353 Church Rd., Beech Island, SC 29841)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER CO
OSTI Identifier:
868754
Patent Number(s):
5204671
Assignee:
Kronberg, James W. (353 Church Rd., Beech Island, SC 29841) SRS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
random; one-of-n; selector; apparatus; selecting; item; items; average; comprising; counter; reset; elements; counting; repeatedly; zero; selected; user; circuit; activating; deactivating; comparator; determine; stopped; count; output; indicate; randomness; provided; cycle; varying; relatively; duration; activation; deactivation; passive; components; sensitivity; response; variations; temperature; physical; characteristics; environment; time; circuitry; varies; additionally; people; vary; shape; press; pushbutton; example; ultrasonic; beam; broken; person; passing; add; selection; circuit component; physical characteristics; response time; circuit components; physical characteristic; /340/463/

Citation Formats

Kronberg, James W. Random one-of-N selector. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Kronberg, James W. Random one-of-N selector. United States.
Kronberg, James W. Fri . "Random one-of-N selector". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/868754.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus for selecting at random one item of N items on the average comprising counter and reset elements for counting repeatedly between zero and N, a number selected by the user, a circuit for activating and deactivating the counter, a comparator to determine if the counter stopped at a count of zero, an output to indicate an item has been selected when the count is zero or not selected if the count is not zero. Randomness is provided by having the counter cycle very often while varying the relatively longer duration between activation and deactivation of the count. The passive circuit components of the activating/deactivating circuit and those of the counter are selected for the sensitivity of their response to variations in temperature and other physical characteristics of the environment so that the response time of the circuitry varies. Additionally, the items themselves, which may be people, may vary in shape or the time they press a pushbutton, so that, for example, an ultrasonic beam broken by the item or person passing through it will add to the duration of the count and thus to the randomness of the selection.},
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year = {1993},
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