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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm probably being exceptionally silly, but why would predictions based on previous draws give you better results than random numbers?
    • Theoretically they shouldn't, but if there is a set of numbers or even a sequence of numbers that persistantly appear in draws, then using them seems to have a better chance of winning small prizes.

      In all the test runs I've done so far there has only one prediction that has made a bonus+5 win, and that was from the predictions based on previous draws.

      It doesn't prove anything and I only wrote it to wile away the hours on a Sunday. But it did prove useful for learning about the sorting and other alogrith

    • It doesn't. The only thing you can maximize by analyzing previous drawings is your possible win (by choosing numbers which are not frequently played by your fellow players).
      • ...waaaait, wouldn't that only be true if there were no pattern in the numbers?
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        • Patterns - Yes... but not in the numbers that are drawn but in the numbers which are chosen by other players.
          • ...so even if there's a pattern in the numbers being drawn, it's irrelevant to trying to win more? Why wouldn't finding that pattern produce increased winnings?

            This can't be the Monty Hall problem...what's the deal?

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