[Beowulf] OT: public random numbers?
cousins at umit.maine.edu
Mon Aug 15 13:59:11 PDT 2011
Can you give us more information about what you are doing? I'm getting
curious about what problem you are working with that requires these
> We have not discussed election results (votes per candidate), but those
> are, ironically, really unsuitable for this, even though statistically
> the final set of digits should have a lot of entropy. Mostly election
> numbers are a problem because they may be revised for long periods after
> the election, and the numbers could almost always be forced to shift by
> a challenge by one of the candidates. Every recount will come up with a
> slightly different result. Examples: the Coleman vs. Franken senatorial
> contest in Minnesota, or Bush vs. Gore in Florida.
> So I'm leaning towards sports scores, as those are generated in full
> view of a multitude of witnesses (often numbering in the millions). It
> would be extremely difficult to rig the absolute final score. It might
> be possible to rig the winner, or even the point spread, but to rig the
> absolute score in a high scoring game like basketball, would be
> exceedingly difficult, and would likely be obvious to even the casual
> observer. To rig every digit in the final score of every game played on
> a given day should be pretty close to impossible.
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