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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

Yes, humans are more predictable than random chance. It is known as the "Blue-Seven Phenomena", because when asked for a colour and a number from one to nine, these perform beyond expectation. This ...
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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

Human beings are really bad at picking random numbers. The reason is that we are hard-wired to identify patterns in nature -- even to the extent of seeing patterns where none exist. But while this ...
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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

An other approach, less to answer the question about statistics, but more about how to pull of the Trick. There are 2 Methothds that you can do this. One is trying to figure out, what number the ...
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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

If you asked 1000 people for a random number and lined that list up against 1000 actually random numbers, increasing the sample size to something meaningful, a statistician would be able to tell the ...
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Is Shaolin monk Hu Qiong using "Chi energy" to withstand an electric drill?

Note: the supporting material in this answer contains references to suicide. If you feel suicidal, please consider getting help The literature call severe injuries related to drill bits 'extremely ...
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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

According to this, 17 and 7 were the most frequently chosen by people (a poll of blog readers) asked to pick a number from 1 to 20 -- those two numbers together accounted for 30% of respondents' picks,...
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