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# How well to humans know random?

Discussion in 'Psychology' started by n00b7r4d3r, May 25, 2008.

1. ### n00b7r4d3r

I thought an interesting thing to test would be to see how good people are at generating random numbers. I will have people post random number sequences of 0's and 1's here and I will analyse the results to look for any biases.

Here are the rules. If not followed your post will not be counted.

1) 100 random 0's or 1's (no more no less)
2) The chance of choosing a 0 should be 0.5 and the chance of chosing a 1 should be 0.5. This does not mean you will have 50 0's and 50 1's it means that on average people will have 50/50. Some will have more some will have less.
3) No random number generators.
4) Don't try too hard.

Example: (make rows of 10 so its easier to count)

1001010111
0010110111
0101011010
0001011101
1111010100

0101001010
1010010100
1101110101
0100101110
1010010110

1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111

1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111

perfect

0100110011
1110001010
0011100100
1100100000
1110110001

1100001010
0010100101
1110010001
0010101001
1010010111

6. ### Mercor

1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111
1111111111

0000000000
0000000000
0000000000
0000000000
0000000000

Is the human random?

If your brain truly works randomly, you would end up in a place where I spent 3 years of my precious adult life: a mental hospital.

Oh, if you live in Toronto (lots of ETers are from Canada, I noticed), you may be able to help a guy by answering the following question:

1010010101
1010001000
0101011010
1011101010
0111001100

1000110000
1011110100
0110110001
0101110000
1010001000

9. ### robbie380

is there any point to this?

10. ### n00b7r4d3r

Revealing biases in human decision making which can suggest possible heuristics for financial market inefficiency mining.

#10     May 25, 2008
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