I don't know if it's normal for someone to wrap their week up doing these calculations, but I find it calming for the next week to have my genetic algorithms problem solve 5 dimensional ranges with 2 variations of stops and targets before packing it in and just running an exhaustive study. The last line is the final genetic optimization range, and I wanted to see if anybody knew how many combinations there were out of 1000^5 possibilities. How much did I narrow it down, and would you say this is something you do for your trading? I write down these ranges from genetic algorithms, and since there are 5 variables it becomes a 5 dimensional problem that I can solve after 4-5 iterations, 4 genetic optimizations, and 1 exhaustive. If you know how many combinations there are in the last set of ranges, then you also realize 1000^5 is an impossibly large amount of data to ask a computer PC to solve, so what I've done here is put my scratch paper for solving a 5 dimensional problem using genetic algorithms and exhaustive analysis. I use these to have confidence in what I'm doing, but any time I discuss it with non-systematic traders they don't see the value in doing it, when I see many million in this piece of paper. So, guess, or calculate how many possibilities there were after the 4th optimization and compute the possiblities for the final 5th line. Yes, I wrote in pen and did make one notation error.