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*To*: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx*Subject*: RE: VMs: magical voynich dice game*From*: Jorge Stolfi <stolfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 23:07:10 -0300*Reply-to*: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx*Sender*: owner-vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx

> [Marzio:] While playing with unique occurrencies of sentences I > decided to do myself a word-length statistic. I read (don't > remember the author - excuse me) about the similarity of the word > length frequences distribution in VM and a gaussian curve produced > by two dice shifted by 1. It was actually nine coin tosses, shifted by 1, namely f(x) = choose(9,x-1) for x from 1 to 10. That's because one can get 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 heads in 1 9 36 84 126 126 84 36 9 1 possible ways. This graph is very similar to a Gausian with average value 5.5, but of course not the same. The (shifted) distribution of values generated by two dice is not at all similar to a Gaussian. It is a triangular graph, 6 - abs(x - 6), for x from 1 to 11. That's because one can get the sum 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 in 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 4 3 2 1 possible ways. --stolfi ______________________________________________________________________ To unsubscribe, send mail to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxx with a body saying: unsubscribe vms-list

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