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Can anything be totally random?


bumpkin

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Can anything be totally random? an odd title maybe ,can anyone give me an example of something that is 100% random.

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spider9

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bumpkin

A short story about random choices!

A boy had two girlfriends 'on the go' at the same time and wanted a random way to choose which one to make his wife.

He lived near a rail station, and the girls lived in opposite directions, and the trains ran every 20 minutes in each direction, he decided the simplest way to randomly choose which girl he visited was to simply arrive at the station at differing times (without even looking at a clock) each day and climb on whichever direction train came first. Then , at the end of a month, he would choose whichever one 'luck' had sent him to most often (expecting it would be a close thing).

He did this for a month, but found himself going to one of the girls about 8 times more than the other - why was this seemingly 'random' method not producing the expected near-equal visiting, over time?

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bumpkin

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She was better looking and he asked someone else the time.

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spider9

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Seems you have an ability to be unable grasp the question!!

Ah well.

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fourm member

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spider9

Is it random that bumpkin accepts and agrees with those post supportive of his opinion and ignores those pointing out that there is a huge amount of randomness in the world?

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oresome

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He did this for a month, but found himself going to one of the girls about 8 times more than the other - why was this seemingly 'random' method not producing the expected near-equal visiting, over time?

A month is not nearly long enough a trial.

If the events are random, it may go one way or the other for a very long time. Nothing to say it has to even out over a given limited period.

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bumpkin

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fourm member, I posted earlier " that is my line of thinking but others have posted some valid arguments to the contrary."

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fourm member

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bumpkin

How can you acknowledge that people have posted valid arguments but still cling to your invalid view?

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spider9

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oresome

I can assure you, given the situation described with the trains, it would continue to give an unbalanced visiting schedule no matter how long the 'trial' lasted! He would continue to catch one train many more times than the other, as long as he arrived at random times and caught the first train that appeared.

I was simply wondering if an explanation could be offered for this apparent anomaly?

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michaelw

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Can we choose our parents or is that random or does that come under the numbers heading?

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bumpkin

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I am not clinging to my invalid views, I wanted other peoples opinions thats all.

Spider9 I would have thought that at some point it would balance out. A bit like spinning a coin.

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