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2005-12-17, 16:50   #56
drew

Jun 2005

2·191 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by TTn If it is prime, there WILL NOT be another one, for a few years.
Why not?

If prime numbers are truly distributed randomly, then it's still as likely another prime will be found tomorrow as it was a week ago.

This sounds like the same logic that believes a number is 'due' to come up with dice, because it hasn't in awhile.

Drew

 2005-12-17, 17:02 #57 TTn   10010011010002 Posts Both logics dont really make sense. If a coin is tossed, and heads comes up 100 times in a row, there absolutely is a measureable advantage for tails to come up. However... who really knows.. Answer, Viswanath, and Fibonacci. Mp do tend to cluster, and then have gaps. I know more about this than anyone here, because I studied the general sequence. My data has given me a more acurate picture of the clustering, and gapping. The statement was more declaritive in nature. Last fiddled with by TTn on 2005-12-17 at 17:03
2005-12-17, 17:24   #58
smh

"Sander"
Oct 2002
52.345322,5.52471

29×41 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by TTn If a coin is tossed, and heads comes up 100 times in a row, there absolutely is a measureable advantage for tails to come up.
???

2005-12-17, 17:41   #59
drew

Jun 2005

38210 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by TTn Mp do tend to cluster, and then have gaps
Hmmm. With a sample size of only 42, I don't imagine you can draw such conclusions from the data alone.

However, I believe you're correct, because that's the way randomness is. In any case, you can't say anything definitive about when we'll find the next Mersenne prime.

Drew

 2005-12-17, 18:05 #60 jinydu     Dec 2003 Hopefully Near M48 2·3·293 Posts Strange... If I remember correctly, the last time a Mersenne prime was found, some users were able to narrow down the list of possibilities to about 4 or 5 almost immediately. But I don't know how they did it...
 2005-12-17, 18:43 #61 tha     Dec 2002 787 Posts Can someone change the header to 'holy math, new Mersenne prime?'
 2005-12-17, 18:55 #62 PhilF     Feb 2005 Colorado 2×263 Posts I prefer "Holy Tethered Cow, New Mersenne Prime?"
2005-12-17, 18:58   #63
akruppa

"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria

25·7·11 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by PhilF I prefer "Holy Tethered Cow, New Mersenne Prime?"
Done.

Alex

 2005-12-17, 19:38 #64 M29     Dec 2003 163 Posts As a past discoverer, I'm supposed to be notified automatically by the server. I have not heard anything. I'll phone Ernst now.
 2005-12-17, 19:49 #65 ewmayer ∂2ω=0     Sep 2002 República de California 22×31×79 Posts I just got a PM from George - he has no e-mail access but is apparently able to login to his mersenneforum account, although I can't vouch for the speed of his internet connection. Briefly: the usual suspects have been rounded up to do the independent verification(s), and George will be back tomorrow evening to do his usual contact-the-discoverer thing and check the original-run data (results.txt output and last savefile). If it pans out, this will be a nice holiday stocking-stuffer (though I'm not at liberty to say just how large a stocking one would need, heh, heh. ;) Luke, I don't know what happened w.r.to the automatic notification you mentioned - George manages that stuff. Last fiddled with by ewmayer on 2005-12-18 at 02:50 Reason: Spelink has gun too dey doggs
 2005-12-17, 20:38 #66 pacionet     Oct 2005 Italy 3·113 Posts If I understand well, in the past there were some false positive ? They were due to software or hardware problems ?

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