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Human Random Generator

Can you think of a method that allows an individual to pseudo randomly create a sequence of numbers (at the very least the randomness is opaque to the minds of other people) assuming said individual may only use his mind and body (no physical tools are allowed)? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What should my sample size be?

Say that I have a bag which contains 100 balls and every ball in the bag should be red, but it's possible that one or more of these balls is the wrong colour. How many balls should I look at to be 90% sure that all the balls are red? Or 95%? Or 99.9%? Talk me through how to work this out, please?
posted by xchmp on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Picking the correct probability distribution

Which probability distribution should I use to model examination results? [more inside]
posted by alby on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Mean means and modish modes

Statistics! I need to use them at work, but over the past few years numbers seem to make my head spin. Any tips for parsing them? Any recommended books for someone who only scraped a C at GCSE Maths? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me (with your math genius) to do the least amount of prep possible for this exam!

I have a list of 10 questions to help prepare for an exam. Of these 10 questions, 6 will be selected for the exam paper. Of the 6 on the exam paper I need to choose 3 to write an essay on. How many do I ACTUALLY need to research to be okay on the day? [more inside]
posted by nothing too obvious on Jun 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Stats/Maths filter: How do I solve a sigmoidal?

I am trying to fit my data onto a sigmoidal function. The fit won't be perfect, but I am stuck with it for now. To help with this, I have been (very generously) given a spreadsheet that creates a sigmoidal curve if the values a, b, x0 and x are known. How do I get these values? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on May 24, 2009 - 8 answers

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