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Thread: randomness experiment

  1. #1 randomness experiment 
    Forum Professor Pendragon's Avatar
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    Don't you just love experiments? Here's one that just came in my mind.

    We try to simulate random choice with computers, but ultimately the only thing capable of real randomness is a human being. Or is it?

    If you flip coins your results should converge to about 50-50 heads-tails the bigger the number of throws is. If you try it a thousand times and you still get 30-70, then your coin is false. Now if humans are able to create randomness they should also give a 50-50 result. Let's check that.

    I've included a poll with four options. If we are able to create true randomness we should get a 25%-25%-25%-25% result for the options if our population is big enough. So please make your choice, just select the first option that comes to mind (and don't check the results before you vote!).


     

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    so far so good


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    come on guys, vote! According to my data analysis textbook we need at least 35 votes to have statistical relevance, so that's 33 to go.
     

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    Sorry I missed this thread. I just voted.
     

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    I voted without looking at the screen
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEChengst
    I voted without looking at the screen
    That's the spirit!
     

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    Looks like so far its a bit off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buffstuff
    Looks like so far its a bit off.
    Did you choose at random or cheat and look at the results before you voted
     

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    i voted , and not looked! but you need alot of more votes!!!

    come one come all....take part in a random experiment!

    mmm randomness
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodgod3rd
    come one come all....take part in a random experiment!
    I'm gonna take that personal!
     

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    I votee random, but it seems like a lot of people will vote three, and thats also the most common test answer, either three or "c".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    Quote Originally Posted by goodgod3rd
    come one come all....take part in a random experiment!
    I'm gonna take that personal!
    ha i don't mean it like that . i like randomness!!
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    Interesting, 3 was chosen the most!
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    This thread was nearly nine years old!

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