what I am referring to is this article, where mike estimates the reel weightings of a double strike machine by playing it roughly 4000 times, but i would like more clarification of how he comes up with the count on each symbol coming out to the estimated reel weighting of each symbol.
Speaking of this, do machines have the same virtual stops on all 3 reels, assuming the reels are all identical? Like a double diamond, blazing sevens, etc. Or can each reel be weighted differently?
Can the JP symbol have a 2.5% chance on first feel, 1.5% on second, and 2% on third reels? Or do they all have to be the same likelihood?
Of course this can't be true for all machines, since not all machines have the same symbols on all reels. Stuff like 3x-4x-5x doesn't have 5x on first or second reel, 4x on first reel, etc. For the life of me I can't think of the name of another machine I'm thinking of, but there's a blue' sh symbol in third reel only and when you hit it, you go into a bonus round where you have 3 or 4 chances at picking. There's values above ranging from like $10 to $1,000, and you can either "take offer" or "try again".
So in the example of 72 stop three reel machine, how many observations does one need to get a representative sample size?