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by Anne E Moose
Sat May 11, 2013 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 40939

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

One of the best-known examples is "irrational number". This was adopted by the math guys who first started publishing serious papers about numbers that couldn't be represented as ratios of integers. They got a lot of criticism from mathematical "experts" who ridiculed their idea...
by Anne E Moose
Sat May 11, 2013 4:19 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 24538

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

Ah, dang it. I came here to ask, if the giraffe stack would converge to a Sierpinski triangle. Any time you recursively reproduce an object following certain rules, it converges to a Sierpinski triangle. The convergence is easiest to see with vaguely triangular objects (such as giraffes), but anyth...
by Anne E Moose
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40347

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

I wrote this all out expecting the difference to be larger than that, though now that I think about it I can see why it's not a HUGE difference. Still, off by more than 2x, it's bigger than rounding errors. It's off by a factor of exactly* 2.2, but you've overlooked the biggest rounding error. The ...

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