design language : run of three

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We perceive a ‘streak’ as having occurred is after just three repeats – the ‘run of three’. We don’t read meaning into a repeat of two, and we don’t read any additional meaning into streaks of more than three.

In sports gambling, a team that has won three games in a row will be overpriced by the bookies (because most punters will have acted as though the team has an increased chance of winning), while a team that has lost three in a row will be under-priced. “A savvy gambler (who is aware of the run of three) might do well to bet against teams that have won three games in a row and bet for teams that have lost three games in a row,”

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