Last night was a great night as we said goodbye to Glenna (headed back to Saskatoon for vet school) and Vani (off to India to help organize the customer service section of her dad's company) Racer Daemon style. Glenna, Vani, Tim, Natasha and I met up at Glenna's house for games night. We started playing Racer Daemon and ended up playing all night. The game went back and forth on the way to 200 points. Glenna and I both got off to a slow start (possibly abysmal for Glenna), Tim was dominating, Natasha and Vani were playing steady. But at the half way mark, I left Glenna behind and started my climb to the top. Vani was still playing fairly steadily. Vani and I knocked off Tim and started to leave the others behind. Before long Vani and I were out classing the rest and approaching the finish very quickly. The score was Vani- 185 and Me- 171. Then I had the most amazing round of my life. The score was then Vani 191- and Me- 194. The last round was so tense. In the end, Vani took it. The round I had previously, Vani had at that point. We truly out classed the rest of our competitors for what was possibly the best game of Racer Daemon ever.
We also had a discussion about the probability of shuffling the deck in the correct order, as previously defined as the right order before shuffling. We came to the conclusion that it would be 1/52! (that's factorial, not an exclamation mark). We figured in some correction factors, which at most would have changed the order of magnitude by one, possibly two and so we discounted them as 52! is a number rather larger then a few orders of magnitude. Thus the probability is very small. Approximately zero. Since there have not been that many card shuffles in the history of card shuffling, it has likely never happened. Vani made a very good point that it has the same chance of happening as any order that is shuffled randomly has of occurring. She is correct, however by saying that you want to accomplish that order, makes it the correct order and thus you can attach the probability to it. It then becomes the order with the lowest amount of entropy. And as we all know, things with low entropy are very difficult to achieve randomly.
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