Re: New Prime Found
- --- Phil Carmody wrote:
> A great starter is to queue for a ride on the paradoxical PoissonWell put, Phil. ;^)
Another interesting (and nonintuitive) fact about Poisson
distributions... Consider that bus stop which receives
an average of one bus per hour with Poisson distribution.
If you sample the gaps between buses over an extended period,
and round the result off to the nearest minute, what will be
the most-often-seen gap? Answer below...
The most often seen gap (when samples are rounded to the nearest
minute): 1 minute. Nowhere near the "intuitive" answer of
That's a powerful argument for the existence of "prime islands"
and also a powerful argument against being able to predict them
(since they occur naturally as the result of a totally random