[Tutor] How trustworthy are pseudo-random numbers?

Alec Henriksen alecwh at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 00:23:04 CEST 2008

Hello list,

How trustworthy is the "randomness" generated by the random module? I
just wrote a script (with the help of some tutors here!) that finds the
largest streak in a series of coin flips.

My collected data:

100 coin flips = 6-7 streak (usually)
1000 coin flips = 10-12 streak (usually)
10000 coin flips = 15-19 streak (usually)
etc etc.

I'm curious, how much can I trust the randomness? I can't really do
100000 coin flips in real life to compare...
Alec Henriksen <alecwh at gmail.com> @ http://alecwh.com

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