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Pirates, Prisoners, and Psychopaths (Math Circle Teens 5 and 6)

Pirates, Prisoners, and Psychopaths (Math Circle Teens 5 and 6) December 3 and 10, 2013 This report details some of the decision-theory questions we covered in two weeks of math circle, and notable student response to them.  The footnotes at the bottom link to explanations and solutions. The Pirate Problem “There are 5 rational pirates, A, B, C, D and E….

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Newcomb’s Problem (Math Circle Teens 4)

  Newcomb’s Problem (Math Circle Teens 4) NOVEMBER 26, 2013 You have a choice of boxes.  Box A is transparent and contains $1,000.  Box B is opaque, and contains either $0 or $1,000,000.  You may take just the opaque box (Box B), thereby “one-boxing,” or you may take both boxes, thereby “two-boxing.”  A prediction has already been made about whether…

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