## How to solve a complex statistics problem with a script?

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a total. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher. For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s. What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this?
posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

## Renaming a whole bunch of files at once, in bash

posted by Asparagirl on Dec 12, 2010 - 8 answers

## Shell script handling CSV columns

I'm using a shell script to handle some excel docs by converting to csv and reformatting it a little bit. I'm having some difficulty going on with the next part of the script. Some help would be great. :)
posted by fightoplankton on Jun 10, 2009 - 11 answers

## Joining MP3 Files Together Based on Date in Filename?

I have a podcast that downloads as multiple segments over multiple days. Its format arrives as YYYYMMDD_showcode_segment.mp3; so, for example, one download might result in files as 20090323_goofa_01.mp3 through 20090323_goofa_21.mp3, and also within the same download 20090324_goofa_01.mp3 through 20090324_goofa_21.mp3. What I'm looking for is a Unix script (shell, perl, what have you) that would look at a directory and look at what dates are represented there, and let me join all of the segments together by day. I can use mpgtx -j to do the actual joining; I'm looking for the code that would let the script determine what dates are in the directory and then get each day's segments united into a single MP3 for that day's show.
posted by WCityMike on Mar 25, 2009 - 5 answers

## Shell scripting or something better?

Faster techniques for grabbing lines of a file and doing text manipulation and arithmetic via shell (or other) scripting?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 9, 2008 - 20 answers

## Strip me some mp3 urls.

In Linux, what's the simplest way to take a podcast RSS file as input, and output a file containing just the URLs of all the MP3s enclosed in the RSS file? Difficulty: the method must only Bash + GNU tools, Python or Perl, with no non-standard add-on libraries or dependencies required.
posted by Jimbob on May 10, 2007 - 22 answers

## No more shell games!

*nix shell "best practices" anyone?
posted by furtive on May 31, 2006 - 9 answers

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