Monday, September 18, 2017

Your odds of winning the Lotto Max (graphically)

After doing a graphical diagram for Your odds of winning the Powerball
I thought I would do one for Canadian Lotto Max as well.
According to the Lottomax Numbers website, your odds of winning the Lotto Max Jackpot is 1 in 28,633,528.

So, we start our by drawing an image 100 x 100 (100 pixels in width and 100 pixels in height)
If we zoom into a single pixel 50 times we have an image of 50 x 50.
If we then zoom into a single pixel of that 50 x 50 image 1.07 times and draw a 1 x 1 green square.
That is our odds of winning the Lotto Max Jackpot Prize.

Here's the graphical representation of that.  Enjoy.
Your odds of winning the Lotto Max Jackpot Prize
It's a lot easier to win the Canadian Lotto Max then it is to win the Powerball, about 10 times easier (So your odds of winning the Powerball is like winning the Lotto Max 10 times) Which kind of makes sense since the Population of the United States is about 10 times the Population of Canada.

Your odds of winning the powerball (graphically)

Shown on powerball.com website, your odds of winning the jackpot prize is 1 in 292,201,338.
That's such a huge number.
I am interested in seeing graphical representations because it helps me digest/absorb the information from such a large number.

Imagine that you have a square image of dimensions 100 x 100 (100 pixels in width and 100 pixels in height).
Now we pick one pixel and zoom in 100 times so that we get another image of 100 x 100.
Now we pick one pixel from that image and zoom in 1.7 times so that we have an area that is 1.7 x 1.7, now we draw a green 1 x 1 of that 1.7 x 1.7.  That is the odds of you winning the jackpot prize.
So now I am gonna show you what that looks like graphically.  Enjoy.
Your odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot Prize
If you're Canadian, you might be interested in Your odds of Winning the Lotto Max (graphically).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Should I Save Searches performed on my forum?

Okay, so I have a phpbb forum at gimplearn.net
It has content but maybe not enough content.

Users might find the forum and then perform searches.
If they find what they're looking for from organic searches from search engines... Great!
If not once they're on the forum, they can perform searches; If they find it there... Good!
However, what if they don't find what they're looking for through forum searches? They'll go somewhere else... This is unwanted.

So, how do we improve this process over time?
I have decided that it is crucial to save the searches performed on forum.
That way, I have a list of keywords to examine.

Knowing which keywords are popularly searched on forum is good for people want to ask/answer questions as well as tutorial creators.

For example: If users knew that "Polygon art" is searched for the most on the forum, and there isn't enough topics related to this keyword, we're able to make some and prevent us from disappointing future users.

So, I'd like to share that list (recorded since Sept 16, 2017) of keywords searched for on gimplearn.net here: gimplearn.net/searches.php

How I did this in phpbb

Buy the Nintendo Switch System for $300.

You are now a proud owner of the Nintendo Switch System.
You have $700 left.
What do you do?

A) Buy the "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" multi-player game for $60.
B) Buy the "Legend of Zelda" single player game for $60.

Restart game

Buy the "Legend of Zelda" single player game for $60.

You are now a proud owner of the "Legend of Zelda" single player game.
You have $640 left.
You play the game for about a week, having a blast. You finally beat the game.
What do you do?

A) Call your best friend(Tom) and tell him how awesome the game was.
B) Invite your best friend(Tom) over surprize him with the game.

Restart game

Invite your best friend(Tom) over surprise him with the game.

Tom comes over.  Tries out the game and loves it.
You two order pizza and drinks and spend some time together talking about the game.

Restart game

Call your best friend(Tom) and tell him how awesome the game was.

Tom doesn't have the Nintendo Switch.
Tom asks you if he can borrow the System and the game for a week or so he can play it too.
What do you do?

A) You lend the system and the game to Tom.
B) Telling Tom that if Tom wants to play he has to come over and play it at your house.

Restart game