jQuery page scroll event logic — how to throttle

I have some jQuery listeners setup as follows:

$(document).scroll(function() {

    if( $(this).scrollTop() < change1) { 
            updateBarChart('valuem', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ( $(this).scrollTop() > change1 && $(this).scrollTop() < change2) { 

            updateBarChart('valuef', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ($(this).scrollTop() > change2) {
    updateBarChart('valuem', 'remove')
        //updateSteamChart('','steam')
}
});

Straightforward enough. Some charts are updated when scrolling changes.

My issue is, this is sending too many function updates. I'd like if there were a way to throttle the .scroll(function() {}) That way, fewer event updates are fired.

Ideas?

Answers:

Answer

A fairly simple way of achieving throttling might be to add a check against a random value so that it only fires a certain percentage of the time:

$(document).scroll(function() {
    //Only fires 10% of the time
    if (Math.random() < 0.1) {
        if( $(this).scrollTop() < change1) { 
            updateBarChart('valuem', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ( $(this).scrollTop() > change1 && $(this).scrollTop() < change2) { 
            updateBarChart('valuef', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ($(this).scrollTop() > change2) {
            updateBarChart('valuem', 'remove');
        }
    }
});

Alternatively, you could use a timer so that it only fires once per x miliseconds:

$(document).scroll(function() {
    //Only fires at most once every half-second
    if (timer > 500) {
        timer = 0;
        if( $(this).scrollTop() < change1) { 
            updateBarChart('valuem', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ( $(this).scrollTop() > change1 && $(this).scrollTop() < change2) { 
            updateBarChart('valuef', 'opencomparison');
        } else if ($(this).scrollTop() > change2) {
            updateBarChart('valuem', 'remove');
        }
    }
});

var timer = 0;
setInterval(function () { timer += 50; }, 50);

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