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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Randomness

If you take a random number, the odds are 1 in 9 that the first digit of the number is 1, right? Since it could be any of 1, 2, 3, ..., 9, and since it's random, they each have an equal chance. Right?

Wrong.

Benford's Law says that the odds are 30% (nearly 1 in 3) that the first digit is 1.

Awesomely weird.

2 comments:

Allie said...

I dont belive in relativity!

Momma said...

Relatively speaking, what are the odds that your relatives will read this?