Thursday, February 15, 2007

Condo Lottery Results Delayed

If you are a TIC owner the time between when you pay your condo lottery entry fee and when results are announced by the Bureau of Street Use and Land Mapping is a period filled with hopes and prayers. The results are usually posted on the Bureau's website seven days after the drawing.

But this year - ten days have past since the drawing, and the vigil continues.

According to a Bureau employee the results are still being certified, and will not be known until "next week." Could this have something to do with the fact that this is the first year the Bureau is using a computer to randomly generate the winning numbers?

As one of my partners put it, "with all the concerns about fraud and voting machines why would anyone think a computerized condo lottery is a good idea?" Legal challenge, anyone?

According to this Wikipedia article, "Computer-based systems for random number generation are widely used, but often fall short of this goal, though they may meet some statistical tests for randomness intended to ensure that they do not have any easily discernible patterns."

Nothing like delving into floating points, uniform distributions, post-processing and statistical checks to take one's mind off whether or not after seven years we are going to be able to finally have a shot at condo conversion.


Post a Comment

<< Home