How well to humans know random?

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

  1. 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
     
  2. 1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111

    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
     
  3. perfect
     
  4. 5) Don't follow this example:
     
  5. bellman

    bellman

    0100110011
    1110001010
    0011100100
    1100100000
    1110110001

    1100001010
    0010100101
    1110010001
    0010101001
    1010010111
     
  6. 1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111
    1111111111

    0000000000
    0000000000
    0000000000
    0000000000
    0000000000


    Is the human random?
     
  7. 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:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070306142358AABJV5H
     
  8. 1010010101
    1010001000
    0101011010
    1011101010
    0111001100

    1000110000
    1011110100
    0110110001
    0101110000
    1010001000
     
  9. is there any point to this?
     
  10. Revealing biases in human decision making which can suggest possible heuristics for financial market inefficiency mining.
     
    #10     May 25, 2008