Elections

The recent referendum on AV, which caused much debate, provides many mathematical opportunities, and this video shows what happens in the event of a tie.

Personally, I would like to see a tie decided by rock-paper-scissors. This version claims to learn your behaviour and subsequently beat you – note that it is more likely to beat you if you play for a long time (whatever the definition of ‘long’ is). The image below shows how to defeat a human opponent, and maybe this should be shown to both candidates before playing.

Rock-paper-scissors-575x1310

So, how about this for a potential framework for a lesson on experimental probability:

(i) estimate the experimental probability of winning a game against a human
(ii) estimate the experimental probability of winning a game against a human when one player has seen a ‘strategy’ (i.e. has seen the image)
(iii) estimate the experimental probability of winning a game against a human when both players have seen the same ‘strategy’(or indeed a different strategy)
(iv) estimate the experimental probability of winning a game against a computer

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Author: ttsjl

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