# CSCI 1100 — Homework 5 Wandering trainer

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Part 1: Wandering Trainer
A pokemon trainer is placed in the middle of a grid that is M rows tall and N columns wide.
These values are read into the program by asking the user. The user must also be asked for a
probability p that must be great than 0.0 and less than 1.0, but will generally be relatively small.
The reason for the probability is explained below. You may assume all input is correct. The upper
left corner of the grid is location (0, 0), while the bottom right corner is location (M − 1, N − 1).
The trainer starts out at location (M//2, N//2). At each turn, the trainer will take a step in a
random direction and look for a pokemon.
The program must simulate random movements of the trainer. As in HW 4, Part 3, the trainer
can can only move in a straight line to the North (decreasing row), South (increasing row), East
(increasing column), and West (decreasing column) one step per turn. After taking a step, the
trainer will have a p probability of finding a pokemon on that spot. To manage this operations, we
will use:
random.randint(0, 3)
random.random()
Each time it is called random.randint(0, 3) returns one of 0, 1, 2 or 3. If the value return is:
 0 – The trainer moves North one step
 1 – The trainer moves South one step
 2 – The trainer moves East one step
 3 – The trainer moves West one step
Once the trainer moves, random.random() is called to generate a floating number between 0 and
1. If the value returned is less than p the trainer finds a pokemon on the current spot. Otherwise,
no pokemon is found. Order is important, in every turn make sure you generate the direction
(randint(0, 3)) first and then the capture probability, (random)! The trainer should continue to
make these random steps until 250 time steps (turns) have passed. As in HW 4, the trainer cannot
go past the boundaries of the grid. It the trainer tries to move past the boundary, for example, by
trying to go North when the row coordinate is 0, the trainer just stays at the same location and
searches again for a pokemon.
To solve part 1 your program must report the position of the trainer and the number of pokemon
collected. Once the simulation ends you must output the final position and the total number of
pokemon collected.
Important Details:
1. In order for everyone to have the same output we must seed the random number generator.
After you read the user input, but before the first time you call one of the random functions,
you must include the following code
seed_value = 10*M + N
random.seed(seed_value)
The seed ensures that the random number generator gives the same sequence of values for the
random calls. For us, that means that we can compare your output to our output and expect
to get the same sequence of movements and captures. To see more interesting behavior when
testing your program, you might want to comment out the call to the seed function; just be
sure to put it back in before you submit!
2. You MUST write and use
def move_trainer( position, bounds, prob):
”’
position is the current (row, col) position of the trainer, passed as a tuple
bounds is the max (rows, cols) on the grid, again as a tuple
prob is the probability p that a pokemon will be found at the current position
”’
which moves the trainer for one time unit, checking for a pokemon at the resulting location.
The function must return a tuple containing in order, the new position (row, col) and 1 if
a pokemon was found this turn, or 0 otherwise. Your main code must then call this function
in some kind of loop and use the results to track the pokemon and decide what to output.
Do not call the random.seed function inside the move_trainer function.
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3. In move_trainer you must make the calls to random.randint(0, 3) and random.random()
in the correct order and exactly once per turn. Test the values returned to decide what move
to make and if a pokemon is captured.
1. Turns should run from 1 to 250
2. In each turn:
(a) Take a step and check for a caught pokemon using move_trainer
(b) Every 20 turns print the trainer’s position and number of pokemon caught since the last
report
3. At the end, output the final number of time steps, the final position, and the total number
of pokemon found. See examples below for details.
Example 1:
Enter the integer number of rows => 40
40
Enter the integer number of cols => 46
46
Enter the probability of finding a pokemon (<= 1.0) => 0.15
0.15
Time step 20: position (24, 23) pokemon caught since the last report 2
Time step 40: position (28, 15) pokemon caught since the last report 4
Time step 60: position (32, 17) pokemon caught since the last report 2
Time step 80: position (30, 21) pokemon caught since the last report 3
Time step 100: position (26, 17) pokemon caught since the last report 6
Time step 120: position (27, 18) pokemon caught since the last report 4
Time step 140: position (29, 20) pokemon caught since the last report 4
Time step 160: position (33, 18) pokemon caught since the last report 3
Time step 180: position (31, 22) pokemon caught since the last report 1
Time step 200: position (34, 25) pokemon caught since the last report 2
Time step 220: position (34, 23) pokemon caught since the last report 6
Time step 240: position (35, 26) pokemon caught since the last report 3
After 250 time steps the trainer ended at position (36, 25) with 40 pokemon.
Example 2:
Enter the integer number of rows => 100
100
Enter the integer number of cols => 300
300
Enter the probability of finding a pokemon (<= 1.0) => 0
0.0
Time step 20: position (51, 155) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 40: position (48, 154) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 60: position (56, 156) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 80: position (55, 149) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 100: position (53, 151) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 120: position (54, 152) pokemon caught since the last report 0
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Time step 140: position (57, 157) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 160: position (53, 155) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 180: position (51, 145) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 200: position (54, 144) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 220: position (57, 145) pokemon caught since the last report 0
Time step 240: position (58, 142) pokemon caught since the last report 0
After 250 time steps the trainer ended at position (58, 142) with 0 pokemon.
Example 3:
Enter the integer number of rows => 10
10
Enter the integer number of cols => 30
30
Enter the probability of finding a pokemon (<= 1.0) => 1
1.0
Time step 20: position (4, 14) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 40: position (5, 9) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 60: position (5, 11) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 80: position (6, 10) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 100: position (9, 1) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 120: position (9, 0) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 140: position (9, 2) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 160: position (5, 3) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 180: position (9, 6) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 200: position (9, 3) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 220: position (6, 8) pokemon caught since the last report 20
Time step 240: position (1, 9) pokemon caught since the last report 20
After 250 time steps the trainer ended at position (0, 8) with 250 pokemon.
Part 2: Gathering Data About the Wandering Trainer
Thus far, we have only considered a single case of running the pokemon simulation, but simulations
are typically run over and over again and statistics are gathered about the results of the runs. So, in
this second part of the assignment your program will need to repeat the simulation a user-specified
number of times, and output several summary statistics:
1. An output of the grid showing the number of times that a pokemon was caught in each
position.
2. The minimum and maximum number of pokemon caught in a single simulation and the
simulation number (from 1 to the number of simulations run) at which these occurred.
3. The total number of pokemon caught across all simulations.
4. The maximum number of pokemon caught at any position as an integer and as a percentage
of the total pokemon caught.
5. The minimum number of pokemon caught at any position as an integer and as a percentage
of the total pokemon caught.
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A Counting Grid: You must create a list of lists of counts for the number of times the trainer
catches a pokemon in each cell of the grid. Here are two examples to help you. The first example
shows an easy way to initialize the grid to have M rows and N columns:
count_grid = []
for i in range(M):
count_grid.append( [0]*N )
The second example illustrates counting the number of occurrences of the numbers 0 through 9
using the random number generator (without using the seed function):
import random
num_trials = 2500
counts = [0]*10
for i in range(num_trials):
digit = random.randint(0,9)
counts[digit] += 1
print(‘Occurrences and percentages:’)
for i in range(10):
print(“{:1d}: {:4d} {:4.1f}”.format(i, counts[i], 100.0*counts[i]/num_trials))
Important details:
 You must make use of the move_trainer function from part 1. You can copy and paste it
 Next you must write and test a function called
def run_one_simulation( grid, prob ):
”’
runs the simulation and keeps track of the number of pokemon caught
on each space in the grid. prob is the probability a pokemon will be caught
at each turn
”’
that starts the trainer in the center of the grid, and runs one full simulation of the trainer
until it reaches the maximum number of time steps. At the end, it returns the number of
pokemon caught during the simulation. Each time step has two phases. In the first phase,
the trainer moves and during the second phase the trainer tries to catch a pokemon. This
is exactly your move_trainer function from Part 1 and run_one_simulation should call
move_trainer once per time step to move the trainer and capture pokemon. The results
should be tracked and recorded in grid. For instance, suppose that move_trainer returns
(row, col) as the trainer position and 1 as the number of pokemon caught that turn. Your
code should increment grid_count[row][col] by one to account for the captured pokemon.
You must have run_one_simulation in your program, but you may change its parameters
as you wish. For example, you could pass M and N — the number of rows and columns —
although you do not need to because you can compute the values from the grid_count list
of lists.
 Do not call random.seed from inside run_one_simulation. It will cause the random number
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generator to start over for each simulation and so your results will be the same for each
simulation.
 Each time you call run_one_simulation the trainer should start in the center of the grid.
 We suggest that you write a function to extract and print the statistics of the grid in order
to avoid cluttering the code in the main body of the program.
 At the end of the simulation, you may want to have run_one_simulation return the number
of pokemon caught during that run. This will help with tracking the minimum and maximum
number of pokemon caught per simulation.
Finally, here is an example that illustrates the output and formatting we are expecting.
Enter the integer number of rows => 18
18
Enter the integer number of cols => 16
16
Enter the probability of finding a pokemon (<= 1.0) => 0.4
0.4
Enter the number of simulations to run => 100
100
20 21 18 17 21 28 21 34 26 22 27 32 20 21 26 37
15 23 18 19 17 19 21 39 24 21 20 37 38 41 40 47
24 29 27 19 8 25 24 32 23 37 38 36 30 30 36 33
9 18 18 20 19 33 34 26 19 30 37 32 31 30 23 41
12 18 14 24 31 38 31 22 22 28 49 36 31 28 36 36
20 24 20 29 30 36 34 33 32 42 47 43 24 34 28 36
20 19 18 26 29 19 32 44 40 37 37 46 35 28 33 46
20 34 29 16 23 27 41 45 59 50 58 35 31 32 28 43
23 26 20 31 25 29 43 60 83 61 47 36 36 28 25 34
19 30 31 23 23 30 46 59 73 63 57 39 28 36 24 27
25 37 19 22 34 31 39 64 71 66 61 36 29 35 37 19
46 39 30 25 36 35 36 44 46 57 38 45 36 32 33 28
35 38 27 30 35 51 47 47 48 54 54 58 42 41 59 45
43 28 32 28 35 38 48 38 56 40 58 56 40 27 44 47
27 28 32 34 45 54 54 38 39 30 32 35 43 45 50 46
31 35 37 28 33 39 42 42 31 35 29 48 40 52 41 50
31 29 36 34 35 36 36 27 22 26 39 44 40 40 48 49
34 35 33 25 27 29 28 25 35 26 46 52 43 41 47 44
Total pokemon caught is 9951
Minimum pokemon caught was 81 in simulation 61
Maximum pokemon caught was 125 in simulation 52
Max number of pokemon caught on a space is 83 which was 0.83% of all pokemon caught
Min number of pokemon caught on a space is 8 which was 0.08% of all pokemon caught
And one more showing a potential failure case:
Enter the integer number of rows => 15
15
Enter the integer number of cols => 12
12
6
Enter the probability of finding a pokemon (<= 1.0) => 0
0.0
Enter the number of simulations to run => 10
10
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total pokemon caught is 0
Minimum pokemon caught was 0 in simulation 1
Maximum pokemon caught was 0 in simulation 1
Max number of pokemon caught on a space is 0
Min number of pokemon caught on a space is 0
In terms of formatting, each of the output values in the grid is formatted with {:4d}. You can
either generate each row as a string and print it out, or you can use the sep= and end= values of
the print statement to control the formatting.
Some notes on debugging
This is your most complex homework to date, so here are some suggestions for debugging:
 We are asking you to use large grids, 250 iterations per simulation, and for Part 2 a large
number of iterations. This is too much to debug easily. Start small
– Use Part 1 to get move_trainer working and to test it thoroughly. Step through it in
the debugger, make sure all paths are selected and make sure that the positions of the
trainer after each move are right. It should only take you a few times through the loop.
– Use a small grid, eg. 5×6 to check the behavior of the trainer as it walks up to the
boundary. Does it go too far? Does it stop short? Make sure it works from all directions
moving N, S, E, and W.
– If you think your code is working correctly, but you are not matching our output, print
out and check your seed first, and then check the number of random calls (random and
randint) and the order you are making them. You will only need one randint call and
one random call per iteration. The seed function should only be called once in any
program.
– Use special values of the probability to simplify testing. For example, a probability of 1
should capture a pokemon every turn. 0 should capture no pokemon
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 In Part 2, use functions and debug them separately.
 Start out small. In Part 2 use a small grid, a small number of turns per simulation, and a
small number of simulations. For example, with a 5×6 grid, 5 turns per simulation, and 2 simulations; you can easily trace your program execution using the debugger or print statements
to verify execution.
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