Re: Other Efforts

saurvok@exo.com
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 23:10:41 -0700


At 12:38 AM 6/11/97 -0400, you wrote:
>On Wed, 11 Jun 1997 techs@obfuscation.org wrote:
>
>> for the single effort (not a combined effort of three (or more) groups,
>> splitting the keyspace into oh... 8 groups, and then working away from
>> those 8 marks in both directions and handing out keys gives a better
>> coverage of the entire keyspace than working from one end toward the other.
>
> The order the keyspace is searched in doesn't matter. All orders are
>just as good. (Let's ignore the complication of multiple efforts searching
>the keyspace for now).

I disagree.

Its true, over many many contests on average it wouldn't matter.
But this is 1 contest....and the key could be at the end..or middle..or
start....
.pick the wrong sequential method and you could spend alot more time then
the average 50% of key space. So, picking a key randomly from the entire
space each time (assuming no duplicate picks) will give the average 50%
time..no matter where the key is.