Not a desperately urgent request but a quick solution would be very nice - it's about a Biorhythm program

Joep L. Blom jlblom at
Tue Nov 2 08:27:24 UTC 2010

On 02/11/10 01:54, Goh Lip wrote:
> On Tuesday 02,November,2010 06:24 AM, Joep L. Blom wrote:
>> I had in my department on a wall in the corridor a table of 10.000
>> random numbers ( actually pseudo-random as they were mathematically
>> generated) and had indicated (circled) the 0,05 % significant numbers.
>> You are surprised how many "significant" numbers are visible (500) and
>> that is the level generally used in these "proofs". I don't know
> Joep, as a neuroscientist, you should know not to argue with
> anosognosics with parietal lobe disfunction, but as a non-mathematician,
> please note a mathematically-generated random is totally random and not
> pseudo. That I am 110% sure.  :)
> Regards - Goh Lip
> ps: suggest a small read on statistical analysis of significant numbers
Goh Lip,
A short reminder: true random numbers are only generated by true random 
sources (e.g. the decay of a radioactive substance), mathematically 
generated numbers are pseudo-random as you can generate the same series 
using the same seed-number.

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