Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Which number is the "most random"?

Please fill out the poll first, then read the link if you want.

Poll #961998 random numbers

Pick a random number between 1 and 20. Any number.

Mean: 11.59 Median: 12 Std. Dev 5.66
0(0.0%)
1
1(1.4%)
2
3(4.1%)
3
4(5.5%)
4
4(5.5%)
5
1(1.4%)
6
3(4.1%)
7
8(11.0%)
8
2(2.7%)
9
3(4.1%)
10
1(1.4%)
11
5(6.8%)
12
3(4.1%)
13
3(4.1%)
14
3(4.1%)
15
1(1.4%)
16
3(4.1%)
17
14(19.2%)
18
4(5.5%)
19
6(8.2%)
20
1(1.4%)

Is there a "most random" number?

See also this old Dilbert comic, this episode of the xkcd web comic (make sure to see the alt text/title, too, e.g. by hovering your mouse over the image) and this entry in Bruce Schneier's blog.

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