How to memorize a random 60-bit sequence

Someone on Twitter shared a post about “how to memorize a random 60-bit sequence”. Without reading the post, I decided to use this as an opportunity to explain what randomness actually is. I generally avoid the term myself because it usually a source of confusion rather than understanding. However, it is sometimes used in mathematical writing in a way that makes sense, while having little to do with popular conceptions of randomness which involve “jiggling about” or “looking shuffled”. Here is the relevant series of tweets (click to embiggen).

Screenshot from 2015-10-28 13:22:35

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About Brendon J. Brewer

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics at The University of Auckland. Any opinions expressed here are mine and are not endorsed by my employer.
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