Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kids Thrive on Complexity

I've found a probability distribution that went unstudied until now, and the random process originating it is my nephew. To be more precise, its the dazzingly complex algorithm he uses to distribute the contents of a packet of crisps across a room - in his lingo: eating. Its not just the quasi-uniform floor coverage (including underneath all furniture), the fact that no two crumbs share the same size, or even its speed that makes it unique; its the efficient use of resources. A single room can be covered with _the remains_ of a small packet of crisps. Amazing.

1 comment:

Jójó said...


This is just priceless :-D