Friday, October 30, 2009

Odds Schwarzenegger's Special 'F*ck You' Message Was a Coincidence - One in Two-Billion

What were the odds Schwarzenegger's special 'F*ck You' message was a coincidence? Gregory McColm, a University of South Florida associate professor of mathematics, pegs the chance at roughly one in two-billion (1:2,000,000,000).

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"Gregory McColm, associate professor of mathematics at the University of South Florida, was willing to go there. "Oh good heavens," he said, upon viewing the letter in question. Then he mentioned something about Edgar Allan Poe's "The Gold-Bug" and the frequency of letters, and eventually came up with same initial calculations as Devlin.

McColm, however, opted to include the "I" and go with one in 100 million. Then he did some fast figuring using something called "combinatorics" to account for the fact that the blank lines showed up in the right places to space out I FUCK YOU. McColm's ballpark figure of all this randomly occurring came out to one in 2 billion.

So you're saying there's a chance?

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