#1 2015-03-01 18:47

miserable
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Meaning of "Double digit probability" setting

The phrase "Double digit probability" is itself easily understood, but it's not clear what this setting is actually intended to do. Does enabling this option increase the likelihood of two identical digits occurring in sequence?

I've tried generating passwords with this setting enabled and disabled, and I cannot tell what it does. I see double digits in each case, and roughly as often.

Thank you.

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#2 2015-03-02 11:11

den4b
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Re: Meaning of "Double digit probability" setting

"Double digit probability" option increases the probability of occurrence of a digit by a factor of 2.

Passwords are generated by picking random characters from a set of available character set. Below is an example of how that option affects the character set.

Option turned off:
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

Option turned on:
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12345678901234567890

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#3 2015-03-02 13:56

miserable
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Re: Meaning of "Double digit probability" setting

Thank you. I was misreading it. I was interpreting it as "Probability of double digits" instead of "Double the probability of digits". I thought it was literally referring to double digits, i.e. "00", "11", etc.

Last edited by miserable (2015-03-02 13:57)

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#4 2015-03-02 14:08

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Re: Meaning of "Double digit probability" setting

Trying to make labels compact has backfired in this case...

Maybe renaming it to "Double probability of digits" will make it clearer.

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#5 2015-03-02 14:09

miserable
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Re: Meaning of "Double digit probability" setting

Definitely.

I'm not sure if recognition of ambiguity makes one smart or stupid. smile

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