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Stable Marriage, part 2

(October 5, 2017) We continued work on the Stable Marriage Problem today. After a discussion of the field of mathematics known as game theory, I put on the board the Jane Austen example that Emily Rhiel used in her Numberphile video. Six students used this example to teach the Gale Shapley algorithm to two students who had not been in…

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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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