# Thread: Random? Does it exist?

1. 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

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3. 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!!!!

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

7. Originally Posted by Barry Flannery
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
You mean why an electron may suddenly move for no apparent reason? Or that.

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.

8. This delves into the realms of conciousness. Are our actions predetermined? Everything leads up to that one something? I'm going somewhere with this.

9. yes random is the result in with all potential results are equal like us humans and our way of life.

10. I supponce random is the basic concept for all reactive-reasoning entities.
I described a software engine able to exprime time concept.
CAUSE it, random have to be a base of all things concerning ALL.

11. Of course random exists, just have a look at the posts of Solomon "The Cool" Grundy!

12. Obviously

13. Originally Posted by Megabrain
Of course random exists, just have a look at the posts of Solomon "The Cool" Grundy!
what is eating you
Random = nothing what cannot be calculated

14. Action = Reaction. That's all I have to say

15. If it looks like a troll, if it writes like a troll...

16. Originally Posted by SolomonGrundy
Random = nothing what cannot be calculated
i have a 'RANDOM' button on my calculator ...

17. Get it fixed then! :wink:

18. that would be rather ... uhm how shall i say it ... random behaviour ?

19. Well if you leave it as it is, you just never know what it will add in to your calculations!

20. Random? Does it exist?
Isn't that what Chaos Theory tackles? Meaning, simply, yes?

21. So every entity could be described through a matematical equation ?
All this questions 2 ?

22. 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

23. 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.

24. no - a computer program is not the same as an equation
it is a complex interplay of subroutines, loops, if-else 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

25. A computer software that describe a condition of ramdomness IS an equation.

26. 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 Psuedo-random is correct.

27. I supponce that the pseudo-random engine is definible as Random self...cause it is controlleb by random.

28. 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.

29. I think so

30. This is the typical unanswerable question of either destiny or luck.

31. 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.

32. Originally Posted by SolomonGrundy
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....

33. Originally Posted by Megabrain
Originally Posted by SolomonGrundy
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....
well then stop crying like a dumbass