University of Southampton Press Releases
Southampton scientists reveal how Lottery players
choose their numbers: A general release about the lottery study.
Southampton scientists use a commodity supercomputer
to reveal how Lottery players choose their numbers: A release emphasising
the IT aspects of the work.
- Sunday Telegraph article
to win the lottery jackpot outright, 20 Dec 1998, p8.
- Ziff-Davis ZDNet
- Super computer does lottery
- BBC News Online
Supercomputer reveals how to avoid sharing lottery jackpot
- Science and You
to win bigger lottery jackpot (in Chinese)
S.J.Cox, G.J.Daniell and D.A.Nicole, Using Maximum
Entropy to Double One's Expected Winnings in the UK National Lottery,
The Statistician (J.R.Statist.Soc.D) 47, 1998, 629-641.
D.A.Nicole, K.Takeda and I.C.Wolton, HPC on DEC Alphas and Windows NT, Proc, HPCI '98 Conf., Manchester,
S.J.Cox, G.J.Daniell and D.A.Nicole, Maximum Entropy, Parallel Computations and Lotteries, Proceedings
of the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing
Techniques and Applications 1998 (PDPTA 1998), 1252-58.
S.J.Cox, D.A.Nicole and K.Takeda, Commodity High Performance Computing at Commodity Prices, WOTUG-21
Proc, 21st World Ocean and Transputer User Group Technical Meeting, Canterbury,
The calculations were performed using a commodity
supercomputer built by members of the team.
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