Random Numbers

Just a quick thought on random numbers.

Perhaps we have the wrong model for a random number generator with the regular statistical probability distributions.
I am wondering if it wouldn’t be better to think of random numbers as coming from a toss of several dice where the dice are drawn from a barrel where some number of the dice in the barrel are non-standard dice. We do not know how many dots are on those dice or how many of the non-standard dice are in the barrel.

We might go for dozens of tosses without hitting one of the non-standard dice, and then one day we get two of them.

Somehow we need to figure out how to play the game well when we get the regular dice but be ready when the non-standard dice are drawn without warning.

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2 Comments on “Random Numbers”

  1. Susan Says:

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