I'm just wondering about the concept of randomness. Does it actually exist? Can most (all?) random occurences be predicted by very very complex mathematics which we are yet to figure out?
Barry

I'm just wondering about the concept of randomness. Does it actually exist? Can most (all?) random occurences be predicted by very very complex mathematics which we are yet to figure out?
Barry
If you can predict the uncertaincy principle, knowing randomess will be a stones throw away. Then again if we know it will happen how can it be random? Paradox! streamSystems!!!!
i suppose predicting the outcome of an event where all outcomes have an equal probability. your prediciton would be totally random as there is no mathematical basis on which to pick.
I meant more in the world of physical physics (probably the most stupid statement I will ever make!)... Things like entropy (which I know little about so if someone could explain I would be very greatful!)?
Barry
I imagine if everything obeyed the uncertainity principle, then it could be possible to predict what will happen. so in that way nothing would be random.
You mean why an electron may suddenly move for no apparent reason? Or that.Originally Posted by Barry Flannery
Entropy is (textbook answer), a measure of the unavailability of a systemâ€™s energy to do work. In other words, this set of particles in this drink has jack all so it will get warm when around another warmer object.
Better explanation. When you want to go out, but you can't, reasons:
I'm tired.
I'm dying.
The measurement of this in reference to your being able to go out is basically what entropy is.
PS techies, I'm aware that this is not a scientific explanation, but it is a black and white one, much easier to grasp.
Barry, here is a link to entropy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy
Yes it is a Wikipedia link.
This delves into the realms of conciousness. Are our actions predetermined? Everything leads up to that one something? I'm going somewhere with this.
yes random is the result in with all potential results are equal like us humans and our way of life.
I supponce random is the basic concept for all reactivereasoning entities.
I described a software engine able to exprime time concept.
CAUSE it, random have to be a base of all things concerning ALL.
Of course random exists, just have a look at the posts of Solomon "The Cool" Grundy!
what is eating youOriginally Posted by Megabrain
Answer nothing
Random = nothing what cannot be calculated
Action = Reaction. That's all I have to say
i have a 'RANDOM' button on my calculator ...Originally Posted by SolomonGrundy
that would be rather ... uhm how shall i say it ... random behaviour ?
Well if you leave it as it is, you just never know what it will add in to your calculations!
Isn't that what Chaos Theory tackles? Meaning, simply, yes?Random? Does it exist?
So every entity could be described through a matematical equation ?
All this questions 2 ?
i seem to remember there's some people in the physics world who think that only a small portion of the way the universe behaves can be captured through equations  the bits that we currently understand as the laws of nature
beyond that there's plenty of everyday chaotic behaviour that our best equations can't handle  you could try computers of course, but just look at the weather forecasts and you'll see the limitations of trying to predict a chaotic system in the long run
Is not the weather a "matematical equation" that allows to predict different behaviors like the growing of the plants or the production of wine in a nation? If you consider this, you have to admit that there are for sure ways to predict in a matematic way all things concerning our lives. Generally time is a good starting point to reach deterministic conclusions about everything.
no  a computer program is not the same as an equation
it is a complex interplay of subroutines, loops, ifelse decision points with the occasional equation thrown in for good measure
an equation could better be compared with a computer function with a number of inputs but only one output
as you or may not know programs may use functions and subroutines but the whole is more than the sum if its parts
A computer software that describe a condition of ramdomness IS an equation.
Computer softwarecannot generate anything random, it is all seeded in logic, nothing about the opreation of a PC is random it is ALL carefully controlled, it appears to be random but that is only over the short term. the term Psuedorandom is correct.
I supponce that the pseudorandom engine is definible as Random self...cause it is controlleb by random.
The seed for the random generator is usually the number of timer ticks since you switched on, these ticks are every 18 milliseconds.
Each time you use the 'random' generator it will use a different seed until you next use the PC. so if on two consequtive days you switch on and to the millisecond use the program you will get the same number.
This is the typical unanswerable question of either destiny or luck.
Like your computer if you do not know the seed it look random to you !!
So there is no random just a complex way to get some results.
Yes, congratulations, now if you can keep all your posts lucid....Originally Posted by SolomonGrundy
well then stop crying like a dumbassOriginally Posted by Megabrain
Quantum physics says that the universe is fundamentally random. You can create a qubit in a state that, when measured, will give you 0 or 1 with a truly random 50/50 chance (and no, this doesn't come from a lack of understanding, as we are now understanding that it really is random). In fact, that's an often overlooked benifit of quantum computers. When they are finally developed, there will be no more need for pseudorandom number generators or hardware random number generators or tables of random numbers. I'd be willing to bet that a random bit/byte function would be a native instruction on such machines.
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