| Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 13:31:24 +0100
| From: Timothy Murphy <gayleard at eircom.net>
|[ ... ]
| (having given a course on Algorithmic Information Theory).
| In particular, I know what "random" means (in the sense
| of Kolmogorov). which I suspect no-one else here does.
| (But I'd be pleased to find I'm wrong in this belief.)
algorithmically, you're (probably) talking
about the shortest turing program to generate
a given string. an incompressible string is
one that, as I recall, cannot be written by
a program shorter than the string.
you are not the only mathematician on this
e-mailing list (albeit you may be one only
one employed as such?). some of the others
know the numerous problems of collecting and
measuring finite samples of hysical properties
do not invalidate the physics being measured.
others are also aware of engineering standards
such as nist 800-22, and the diehard suite.
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