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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, it is quite small.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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How small?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not know. But looking at the data the values are very close.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Oh. Okay.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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To get the sd we would have to run the simulation many times and use the formula. But by inspection you can see the dispersion is going to be small.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby and stefy,

I've run several 10,000-cycle simulations in LB and each result was a smidge over 223.0. The result of a 100,000 cycle was 223.03524.

My Excel results varied more, but all were still only just < or > 223. I only tested up to about 1,000 cycles, which would account for the variation difference between the two programs.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi phrontister

I started running 10 100000-cycles, but I wasn't at the computer long enough to check.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

I got a shade over 223 also.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

Here's my M code. As you'll see, I was thinking LB while coding M...but it works.

My initial code was slow because I was testing for '200 ones' from the first pick ( ), but changing the test to commence after 199 picks reduced processing time to 1/7th of previous.

My LB code for 100,000 cycles took well over 9 hours c.f. M's 271 seconds.

```
In[1]:= Timing[sum = 0; c = 0; s = Table[0, {1000}];
N[While[c < 100000, t = 199; ss = s;
Do[ss[[RandomInteger[{1, 1000}]]] = 1, {t}]
While[Count[ss, 1] < 200, ss[[RandomInteger[{1, 1000}]]] = 1;t++];
sum = sum + t; c++]; sum/c]]
Out[1]= {270.985, 223.00152}
```

So, again, just a touch > 223.

*Last edited by phrontister (2012-08-03 20:23:22)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

That is fine. It is okay to go from one language to another looking for the same type of commands in each language.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

That's really the only way I'll get anywhere with M for now. Anything that would require more dedicated study effort will have to wait until I get more time to be able to spend at it...but little by little I'm picking a few things up. Thanks for dangling the "extra credit" carrot...it motivated me.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Go at your own pace. You did well.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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J:

```
sim =: monad define
cnt =: 0
a =: y$0
while. (+/a) < 200 do.
a =: 1 (?y)} a
cnt =: cnt + 1
end.
return. cnt
)
(+/%#) (sim "0) 1000$1000 NB. (sim&+) also works
```

≈ 223.024

There may be a way to eliminate the loop and speed up.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

What was your time?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

About 15.8 seconds for 10000 trials.

`(6!:2) '%. (+/%#) (sim "0) 10000$1000' NB. gets the running time`

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Okay, thanks.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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What's the time taken by the mathematica code?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I do not know, I never ran a simulation of this one that did not use the answer to speed it up.

I am trying phrontister's code.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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That's okay, he has mentioned his time for simulation.

I thought you had posted your code in this thread.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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His code will do about 30 seconds but it is procedural and does not make use of the faster functional paradigm. Also it is not compiled.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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That's right.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Loopless J code, about 30x faster:

```
sim =: 3 : '1+{.I.200=+/\~:?1000#1000'
(+/%#)(sim "0) 100000#0
```

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