On Wednesday 21 June 2006 14:26, Proinnsias Breathnach wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 02:16:25PM +0100, Paul Mc Auley wrote:
> > If you have a stopwatch on your watch (doesn't everybody?) which does
> > 1/100 of seconds? Simply hit start, count to 10 and hit stop, the 100ths
> > should be reasonably random, (no?)
> Not really - as a kid I could reliably stop the 100ths on the casio
> digital in a consistent place (often 00:00:03) ... so, if you've got
> good reactions, and a very consistent 'twitch' you'll probably end up
> with the same number (maybe off-by-one) more often than not.
Hence the "count to 10" piece.
If you just start-stop your results will be weighted around a certain
value, on the other hand if you lengthen the stop start period, it
makes least significant digits, well less significant.
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