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  •  Your use of the term "randomness" (1+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher

    indicates to me that you don't fully understand the term random.

    Some years ago, the first few online poker sites learned the difference between random and pseudo-random in a very expensive way.

    From your description, the second sequence was generated by an algorithm, a pseudo-random generator,which absolutely disqualifies it from being called random.

    Here is a site that discusses the topic as it applies to software for creating random bridge deals. The author has gone to considerable trouble to make the next bridge deal impossible to predict even when you have a long series of previous deals to work with.

    If you want a short phrase that defines "random", "impossible to predict" comes closest. Random doesn't mean what you want it to mean, which is apparently "Not easy to predict by casual inspection"

    The point you are trying to make is quite valid. The human brain does indeed try to find order where none exists. But you stumble when you use mathematical terms like "random" a bit loosely.

    Note to Boehner and McConnell: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." --Bob Dylan-- (-7.25, -6.21)

    by Tim DeLaney on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:56:33 AM PDT

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    •  I do understand the term (0+ / 0-)

      Probably worded it a little to loosely as you point out,  but it is difficult to determine what level of detail to go into in these discussions

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