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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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Math Circle Blog: The Monty Hall Problem

The Monty Hall Problem You are a contestant on a game show.  The host shows you 3 doors.  He tells you that the prize behind one door is $1,000,000 and behind each of the other doors is a goat.  He instructs you to choose a door; you will win whatever is behind it.  You choose a door.  “But wait,” he…

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