Re: Pizza Example

From: Anthony W. Youngman <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 21:39:40 +0100
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In message <0LQgc.9749$>, Eric Kaun <> writes
>> And, for example with optimisation, if you gamble on that being the case
>> then you will win big nine times out of ten.
>Discussions of gambling in the context of data design are somewhat
>misplaced. Last I knew, we were trying to create order from chaos, not
>systematize the chaos.

"In the battle between order and chaos, chaos will always win because it is better organised" :-)

I'm getting to grips with this - CAN you create order from chaos? Is it even possible? Mathematics ignores the question, but I suspect the law of entropy gives a resounding NO as the answer.

Anyway, there's gambling on a hunch, and gambling on a dead cert. Betting shops only gamble on dead certs - they've done the statistics to prove it. Same with Pick :-)


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