Mathematica 7 compares to other languages

Kaz Kylheku kkylheku at
Tue Dec 9 05:36:28 CET 2008

On 2008-12-08, Xah Lee <xahlee at> wrote:
> So, pay me $300 as consulting fee. If the result does not comply to
> the above spec, money back guaranteed.


Did you just offer someone the exciting wager of ``your money back or nothing?

No matter what probability we assign to the outcomes, the /upper bound/
on the expected income from the bet is at most zero dollars.  Now that's not so
bad. Casino games and lotteries have that property too; the net gain is

But your game has no variability to suck someone in; the /maximum/ income from
any trial is that you break even, which is considered winning.

If you ever decide to open a casino, I suggest you stop playing with
Mathematica for a while, and spend a little more time with Statistica,
Probabilica, and especially Street-Smartica. 


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