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How Random Can You Be?

If you want to gather data on human nature, the easiest way is to make an online game about it. Data science Ilya Perederiy wants to know if humans can be random on purpose (spoiler: no). In the online game, all you do is press the left and right buttons on your keyboard (or you can touch icons on a touchscreen). Your goal is to fool the algorithm that is predicting your next move based on your previous moves. You can keep up with your progress with the virtual money fund on the left- you get money each time the algorithm is wrong, and you lose money when it correctly predicted your move. There is no clock, so take your time. On the graph I generated, you can see exactly where I gave up trying and started pushing buttons very fast. I kept the algorithm under 50% until about guess #275. Good luck!  -via Digg

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