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Fixed Number Random Sample - What are the solutions?

Question asked by Helen Abramova Champion on Nov 20, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 20, 2018 by Sanford Whiteman



I wonder if anyone came up with better ideas on having a fixed number of random sample? There are several ideas (e.g. Fixed number Random Sample) and discussions, but nothing seems working very well for me. In general, when you have a big database or list and you need to run it via webhook, or a data management campaign, or some testing, it would be tremendously helpful to be able to throttle and queue it. Thus only fixed number of records will be treated a day. That is what I came up with:


  1. I tested flow steps: random sample 10% > action; wait 1 day; random sample 10% > action, wait 1 day, etc. This did NOT work, only the first flow step was executed.
  2. I tested recurrent daily smart campaign with random sample in the flow step, so only 10% will be treated every time the campaign runs (there was a reference to exclude those who have been treated). This somewhat worked, but the size of batches varied from zero to several dozen thousands, so it didn't help a lot.
  3. Basically, the only consistent way is splitting into lists manually (might be too painful or not viable at all with big numbers).
  4. Shall I try to run a recurrent daily smart campaign with a random sample in the smart list? (No advanced filters, but can make it a try).

With randomizing and splitting into lists, I found helpful the following:

  • If I need to have 0.1% random sample (less then 1%, while the filter accepts only 1-100), you can do 1% random sample, add to a static list, then do one more 1% random sample of the list.
  • I've done quite a lot of randomizing based on last name characters and creation date.
    (Do you know an average percentage of people in US who have last name starting with R? Well, I do )


What do I miss? Are there better scalable solutions for randomizing and throttling?


Thank you,