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Randomness in my life August 13, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in humor, sport, statistics.

Not only do I believe that random events have significant impact on our lives, but sometimes I go one step further and let random events consciously inform my decision. For example, if I am choosing between 2 restaurants to go and I am to take the north-bound bus to restaurant A and Southbound to restaurant B. I just wait and decide that I will take whichever bus comes first. This spares me the pain of taking certain classes of decisions and if the food turns out to be bad, I can blame the damn coin !

Yesterday as I was talking to a friend while fiddling with coin in my hand, the conversation turned to cricket and he asked whether I think India is going to win or not. With 1 A.M the time and not wanting to be drawn into a long debate on what I think and why I think what I think, I said – “Okay, let me toss a coin right here. Heads India wins, tails the match is drawn !” I called heads.

And now, that damn coin !



1. Deepak S Krishnan - August 14, 2007

see, i understand the post being about letting events make the decision for you, but i have a doubt.

if you have to catch a northbound or southbound bus, wouldn’t they stop on opposite sides of the road? so isn’t your choice made by the place you choose to wait for the bus? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

2. Sharath Rao - August 14, 2007

No DK, I can see the bus coming and I just hop on the bus no matter which side of the road it comes ( its easier to do it in places like Manipal and Pittsburgh, I dont recommend doing this in Suratkal bus stop or some busy Blore street ) πŸ˜€

For blore and suratkal, an alternative strategy (subject to high frequency n all) is that if you see a northbound bus first, take your time and cross the street and take the next northbound bus no matter how many southbound buses come by …. πŸ˜€

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