Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

What Are the Odds?

Well, I’m going to have to dig in some of the dusty recesses of my brain on this one. Often times I will put my iPod in shuffle song mode, goto Browse->Songs, pick a starter song and then let it pick from all (currently) 5359 songs on the unit to play. Occasionally there will be songs from the same artist and even album following each other. That’s fine I guess, but I’d rather if it didn’t do that. However today there was an odd occurrence. A song by the band Avail played and then the song that followed it was the song that follows on the album. I though the shuffle had been turned off for a second there. I’m so rusty at statistics that I’ll need to look at some reference to remember how to calculate the probability of that happening (and if you’re going to comment with the answer please put something like SPOILER in the title of your comment, thanks).