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Eric Leung
@erictleung
Mar 09 2017 00:53
@Rafase282 mmm given that it should be a random process, I don't expect to find anything interesting. That site does have a decade of data. It might be interesting to check it out. Not sure what you would do with the results. If you do find something, beware of spurious correlations. I guess you could try to claim that the lottery is rigged :smile:
Jake Waitze
@jwaitze
Mar 09 2017 00:54
Rafael - if you would look into how mega millions works, you would see why that website you linked doesn't really signify anything at all
mega millions draws twice a week, every week, since 1996
(2017-1996)x(52x2) = 2184 draws in total approximately
the "mega millions ball numbers" range from 1 to 15
the "mega millions main numbers" range from 1 to 75
2184 draws / 75 numbers = around 30 times average
Rafael J. Rodriguez
@Rafase282
Mar 09 2017 00:56
@erictleung that site ...
Jake Waitze
@jwaitze
Mar 09 2017 00:56
2184 draws / 15 numbers = around 146 times average
so it's really not surprising to see the frequency at which that site says numbers are drawn
sorry, switch "ball numbers" and "main numbers" in my above explanation
it suggests a good random distribution of picked lotto numbers, with a reasonably sized amount of variance so it would be difficult to predict that a number will be picked simply because it hasn't been in a while
anyways
as i suggested/implied earlier, it's more than likely a waste of time to try and work data science into the lotto
Rafael J. Rodriguez
@Rafase282
Mar 09 2017 00:59

As for the root of my curiosity, the only time I decided to play was back in my country. I wrote down numbers with significance, and "important" numbers that showed up in that same day while at work and so on. Then I got a list of numbers and I decided which combinations to play, I only played the minium and won, and my numbers kept showing, not always perfect but enough to win somethign back for a few days. I only played once though. I was a minor and my mother told me not to play.

So while I don't play the lotto, I have always had that one experience when I want to see if I could come up with winning numbers which with my twisted luck I bet if I were to rely on that I would lose.

Jake Waitze
@jwaitze
Mar 09 2017 01:00
no offence, but you're a sucker if you play the lotto
perfectly described by p.t. barnum
Rafael J. Rodriguez
@Rafase282
Mar 09 2017 01:01
@jwaitze thanks for the explanation.
CamperBot
@camperbot
Mar 09 2017 01:01
rafase282 sends brownie points to @jwaitze :sparkles: :thumbsup: :sparkles:
Jake Waitze
@jwaitze
Mar 09 2017 01:02
np Rafael. don't play the lotto.. it's snake oil
Rafael J. Rodriguez
@Rafase282
Mar 09 2017 01:04
I don't play it. If anything having to deal with the money and the people showing up asking me for some and all that is a big factor not to play unles I have a solid plan not to lose most of it on taxes and family menbers. The other is my luck always going bad when I do try to rely on it. I rather eat or drink the money.
Eric Leung
@erictleung
Mar 09 2017 19:29
Probably not news to a lot of you, but just in case, Kaggle joins Google Cloud earlier this week.
I haven't read the paper, but here's a summary of a recent paper from Google on DeepMind's work on PathNet. In short, it appears to make way for general artificial intelligence.
Alice Jiang
@becausealice2
Mar 09 2017 22:31
Some more news, Udacity's Deep Learning Nanodegree with Siraj Raval is open for enrollment again through the 18th and begins the 22nd, and they also announced 2 new nanodegrees, and live streamed the morning and evening sessions for their Intersect conference yesterday. "Data" was quite the buzzword.