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    4 8.00%
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    5 10.00%
  • 3

    2 4.00%
  • 4

    4 8.00%
  • 5

    6 12.00%
  • 6

    5 10.00%
  • 7

    12 24.00%
  • 8

    6 12.00%
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    4 8.00%
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Thread: Pick an integer at random between 1 and 10

  1. #1 Pick an integer at random between 1 and 10 
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    The number you chose would most probably have been either 4 or 7 but most likely to be 7.


    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    Actually I was thinking of picking 3.41729 but it aint there!

    ALso why have you printed 1 and 10 if the number we pick is to be between these two? - was that the trick?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Actually I was thinking of picking 3.41729 but it aint there!
    funny.
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    It says pick a number between 1 and 10

    1<x<10

    But you included 1 and 10, they are not part of it
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    Well I guess that's killed this one stone dead!
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    Well the name of the topic says to pick an integer at random. 4 and 7 shouldn't be any more likely than any other.
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    No hes right, people tend to pick those numbers more often.
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    Well selecting a number based on what you feel like picking isn't really random.
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    I saw the first post (suggesting 4 and 7) before I made my choice, so I think it influenced me. And mentioning the numbers 1 and 10 in the poll title can also influence people.
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    as soon as i saw the topic i immediately thought off 7 before opening it
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    wel, i picked 8, so am i just weird then?
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    yes... you are wiered. how does number picking make you weire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybird
    wel, i picked 8, so am i just weird then?
    Curiously, I think 8 is a number that is usually picked by well-balanced, sensitive and intelligent people, that is it is full, and very symetrical.

    Does that match your description, ?
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    Well, my friends do call me sensitive and intelligent!
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    suprisingly it does match her discription, (if you minus the sensitive bit)
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    Guys mostly pick pick 4&7 because they are 'jagged' knife like, aggressive, women who pick such are sort of 'catty' or bitchy, spiteful - can't remember where I read it, or remember how valid it is, psychology though can be very misleading, (I am curious of it hence some reading into it).
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    EXCUSE ME?? I am sensitive (just not to you)
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    You picked 8, that makes me a fan of yours!.

    Jellybird for President!
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    now that's a sight i'd like to see
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    which sensitive bit ?
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    i don't understand your post leo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Actually I was thinking of picking 3.41729 but it aint there!
    I believe the question asked for an answer in the INTEGER type.
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    Does this survey have a point?

    Maybe that humans are very bad random generators (especially when you can see the survey results before entering your choice)?

    Is the survey a manifestation of the self-fulfilling prophecy of stereotypes concerning popular integers?

    Or is it simply an expression of human's tendency to follow a herd (of 7-pickers).

    Pick your choice... :wink:
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    Actually, whenever I use a random number, 8 is usually the one I pick too. I think there probably is something of a gender influence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M
    Does this survey have a point?

    Maybe that humans are very bad random generators (especially when you can see the survey results before entering your choice)?
    Yep that's the one Must be over a year ago when I posted something similar, just to see if humans are indeed better at generating random numbers than computers. Turns out that however you do the experiment, you get a sort of Bell curve that's clearly not random at all. Problem is that we can't arrange the options in a different way, like in a circle instead of a vertical row, that might change the outcome.

    It's not big science, bit still a funny thing to observe :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    Quote Originally Posted by M
    Does this survey have a point?

    Maybe that humans are very bad random generators (especially when you can see the survey results before entering your choice)?
    Yep that's the one Must be over a year ago when I posted something similar, just to see if humans are indeed better at generating random numbers than computers. Turns out that however you do the experiment, you get a sort of Bell curve that's clearly not random at all. Problem is that we can't arrange the options in a different way, like in a circle instead of a vertical row, that might change the outcome.

    It's not big science, bit still a funny thing to observe :wink:
    I think we have a better chance at making something random if we aren't asked to do something random.

    Then we'll try to make it random which will backfire on us making it completely not-random.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Guys mostly pick pick 4&7 because they are 'jagged' knife like, aggressive, women who pick such are sort of 'catty' or bitchy, spiteful - can't remember where I read it, or remember how valid it is, psychology though can be very misleading, (I am curious of it hence some reading into it).
    I went with 5. Does that mean I'm not male? Just goes to show you, psychology can be misleading, but so can your parents
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    Thread necromancy.

    This is kinda like the hammer/red thing. You ask people to say a tool and a color. and they tend to pick these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TvEye
    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Guys mostly pick pick 4&7 because they are 'jagged' knife like, aggressive, women who pick such are sort of 'catty' or bitchy, spiteful - can't remember where I read it, or remember how valid it is, psychology though can be very misleading, (I am curious of it hence some reading into it).
    I went with 5. Does that mean I'm not male? Just goes to show you, psychology can be misleading, but so can your parents
    I picked 5 too. We better be ok. Ha-ha.

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    I picked 2. What's the significance of which integer we pick?
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    It is apparently a fact.

    This is not a new hypothesis. Nor a new idea. It's commonly documented and people commonly prefer 7. 4 may or may not be second most popular, but 7 is usually a spot on deal. This is in the wrong subforum (big surprise here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius
    It is apparently a fact.

    This is not a new hypothesis. Nor a new idea. It's commonly documented and people commonly prefer 7. 4 may or may not be second most popular, but 7 is usually a spot on deal. This is in the wrong subforum (big surprise here).
    We get it. You don't like the new forum and you don't think it's working.
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    I'm pointing out that current criteria for what's a hypothesis is incorrect. This is a very valid idea that belongs in behavioral science, NOT hypothesis. A hypothesis is an unproven scientific concept. This is more in line with a theory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius
    I'm pointing out that current criteria for what's a hypothesis is incorrect. This is a very valid idea that belongs in behavioral science, NOT hypothesis. A hypothesis is an unproven scientific concept. This is more in line with a theory.
    I agree. This thread is probably not in the correct forum since it's neither new nor untested.
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