[RC5] My contribution to RC5
R. Kelley Cook
kcook at ibm.net
Fri Apr 3 10:04:58 EST 1998
On Tue, 31 Mar 1998 23:45:33 -0400 (EDT), Ed Wensell III aka THE
>Before this gets any more out of hand... I was probably wrong on a couple
>points concerning the stats. I guess the precision on my volcabulary isn't up
>to par. Yes, every key has equal chance of being chosen to encode a message,
>but if several series of tests were run (sorta like during everyday
>use), one would find that more of the keys towards the middle of the pool would
>TEND to be used more than the ones near the ends... I think another poster
>explained that more eloquently...
Not true. There is NO bell curve.
What you are saying is that if you rolled die a bunch of times, you
would tend to get a 3 which is ludicrous.
Now what *is* true is that the average location of the key found (after
numerous runs) will be at the middle, but this is the same as saying
the average of the numbers 0-10 is 5. It means nothing.
-- Kelley Cook
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