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## Challenge #144: Secret Santa Assignments (BAH HUMBUG!)

Director, Customer Enablement

This week we are going to take a little breather before we dive into some SANTALYTICS next week. Just to get a little warm up going we are going to generate some secret Santa pairings (thanks to @Carlithian for the Challenge idea)! For our beginning users, try to generate pairs of people so nobody is picked twice or picks themselves! For a little more spice, we added the field 'scroogieness', which is certainly a word I didn't just make up just now. OK - it's more of a reflection of the character crabby and miserly 'Scrooge' in a Christmas Carol pre-visitation of three-spirits. The higher the 'scroogieness' is on a scale of 1-10 the more curmudgeonly the person. Try to create unique pairings where 'net scroogieness' does not exceed 13.

Pulsar

Quick solution, just because I wanted to be the first solution :)  Will work on this more and make a prettier one later.....

Aurora
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I think some sorting can handle this sample set. The logic isn't foolproof, but it seems to work here.
Quasar

Hi, my solution, not fully satisfied, but it seems to work :)

Pulsar

@patrick_digan, that's the approach I was taking with the advanced challenge too. Still working on if there might be another solution....

Asteroid

Came up with two solutions!

My iterative macro ran 10,000 times without satisfying the 'Scroogieness' condition, but didn't have the heart to delete it.

Meteoroid

Five tools is all it takes for one simple solution.

Alteryx

Not entirely satisfied by this solution, but here it is! Will try and get something a bit more elegant created.

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Bolide

Cheers!

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It's not pretty, but I made it work with an iterative macro.
My Iterative MacroMy Final Workflow
Quasar

I feel I went a little complicated! But then iterative macros are always good practice :)

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