Title text: Also, all financial analysis. And, more directly, D&D.
A random number generator is any object or program that arbitrarily selects and produces a number from within a pre-defined range of numbers. For example, a single six-sided die will produce any integer between 1 and 6, inclusive. In an unweighted random number generator, every number that it can possibly produce has the same odds of coming up. When rolling a single precision die, for instance, there is an equal chance of rolling a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. Conversely, in a weighted random number generator, some numbers are more likely to come up than others. A loaded die, such as those used by swindlers to cheat at gambling, is an example of a weighted random generator.
All sports generate numbers that are inherently random. Home runs, goals, sacks, passes, shots, hits, misses, errors, and many more such statistics are generated in every match of every sports game. The rules of the particular sport, as well as the skill of the participants, introduces bias toward certain values; hence, sports matches are weighted random number generators.
If the generator is weighted to favor a specific team in a specific game, that is discussed. Then the results of the game (more random numbers) are discussed. It's the discussion that is the narrative part. If a player breaks a record, that becomes part of the narrative. The number is random, but weighted because of player skill or the rules of the sport.
The title text applies this to financial/stock results/forecasts as well. And, most appropriately to Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), which is a game where most aspects of the game are determined by rolling dice of various numbers of sides and the numerical results are woven into a narrative by the Dungeon Master. Hence Randall expresses that D&D is more important than economics and that the economists forecast is based on random number (see another example of his feelings towards this subject in the last line of panels in 1052: Every Major's Terrible).
- [Two Cueball like commentators sit behind a desk.]
- Commentator to the left: A weighted random number generator just produced a new batch of numbers.
- Commentator to the right: Let's use them to build narratives!
- [Caption below the panel:]
- All sports commentary
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