[ExI] 2/3 game, round 1

spike spike66 at att.net
Thu Jun 18 00:33:15 UTC 2009


> ...On Behalf Of Mike Dougherty
> ...
> > I am making up a spreadsheet to do the scoring for you, so you can 
> > decide on a strategy in future rounds without needing to do the 
> > mechanics.  More later.
> I'll continue to watch until I have a better strategy.

Well damn.  I calculated today that there is a trivial strategy for the ESTA
game.  It doesn't even require a spreadsheet; it becomes a simple algebra
problem.  The last to play always wins.  

I though if we used the 1 sigma variation it would be more interesting, but
I found that version has a closed form solution as well.  It is a more
complicated algebra problem, but same result: there is a particular optimal
solution regardless of what has already been played, and it can be easily
calculated.  So now, back to the drawing board with me, to see if I can
dream up a variation on the theme which has no trivial solution.


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