## From Abracadabra to Zombies

## reader comments: law of truly large numbers

**law of truly large numbers **

*07 Mar 2003
Some of your statistics under subgroup "coincidences" are a bit
misleading. In regards to a person winning the lottery twice, The
probability is not 1 in 40 that they will win the lottery a second time.
Obviously, the odds of winning the lottery just don't diminish if you have
already won. Numbers don't play favorites. The correct probability is that
IF You win the lottery a second time, the odds of winning it twice within
a two month period are 1 in 40 compared to winning it twice over a several
year period. If it were not, You would see a lot more mathematicians
playing the lotto. Also, it might be interesting to note that in order for
two people to have the same birthday on any given SPECIFIED day, you need
to have a group of at least 250 people in order for the probability to be
50-50. One wouldn't want to accuse you of selective thinking. Either way,
as you have noted, with a large enough sample, truly large coincidences
will happen. It is just a lot more enjoyable when you happen to be making
several million dollars in the process.*

**G. Gotham Smith**

*25 Sep 2001
In "lawofnumbers.html" there are some problems in the table
"Geller's Mysterious Number 11". Here are eleven errors I found:*

*1.) "Twin Towers - standing side by side, looks like the number
11" - "looks" s/b "look" - There is an unneeded
line break after the work "like".*

*2.) "*The first plane to hit the towers was Flight 11 by
*American Airlines or AA -> A=1st letter in alphabet so we have again
11:11" - unneeded line break after the word "by". -
unneeded star before "American Airlines. - How do we get
"11:11"? Is this from AA:11-> 11:11?*

*3.) "The # of story is 110 (2x) 110 - 110 Remember that the
zero "0" is not a number, so we have 11:11" -
"story" s/b "stories". - How about "The # of
stories in each tower was 110, 110:110. Since zero, "0", is not
a number we have 11:11"*

*4.) "The house where they believed to have lived had # 10001
again don't count the zero....." - They who? - The five periods s/b
three*

*5.) "Skyscrapers, American Airlines AA = 11" - This is a
little confusing, why not just add "Skyscrapers" to the eleven
letter words list. - AA = 11 is a repeat of an early point. ----------
Here's another eleven letter group "Bob T. Carroll", not to
mention how the last two letters of "Carroll" form an eleven,
"ll". Are you ready to come clean about your connection with the
bombing?*

*And one more eleven letter group "Eleven Errors", (treat
the "o" like a zero and don't count it).*

**Tim B**

**reply: You are right.**