+NYPaddleCacher Posted June 21, 2019 Share Posted June 21, 2019 2 hours ago, thebruce0 said: Yeah I'm hoping the clue distribution is algorithmically distribution for a fairly even density. ie, a person with 500 caches in their city would have a relatively similar number of clue options as someone with 50 in their county. It becomes a lot more difficult for someone with only 50 in their country, which is a lot more countries that many might expect. One half of the countries in the world have fewer than 59 caches in the entire country. For someone that 40 in their county (and lets assume that it's 50 caches previously not found), and even distribution of clues means there are going to be only 3-4 caches in the county for each clue, and because of the level sequence one must follow the geocacher might be traveling back and forth across the county to obtain all the clues in order. However, they might find it easier just to find caches based on where they are geographically (e.g. hit the south eastern part of the county first) then log their finds in an order which allows them to meet the multiple level requirement. I also wonder if the clue distribution algorithm with take into account the owner of each cache. A small power trail or series in an area would typically be owned by the same person and often that person is responsible for many of the small series in an area. Would caches on a small series be more or less likely to get the same clue types or an even distribution across all the caches in the series? In my area, there have been 40 caches placed in the last year within 20 miles of where I live. Most of them were place by one of two cachers. Quote Link to comment
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