Analysis of options in a shooting match
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27 Jun 2006 04:54 PDT
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There is a riddle or puzzle that analyzes the options of three people with guns, each of whom is in a position to kill the others. (I just watched "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and can't remember the analysis of strategies.) It might seem that the worst shooter should aim for the best shooter, but my memory says that isn't the way the analysis worked out. Can you help?
Re: Analysis of options in a shooting match
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 27 Jun 2006 05:29 PDT
Dear maxinebrooklyln-ga, It is known as the Truel puzzle. According to the Brainyplanet article referred to below, the earliest reference to puzzle is in Kinnaird?s Encyclopedia of Puzzles and Pastimes (1946). There are slight variations to the puzzle, so here below are some examples. Article ?Truel in the sun.? http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_1_26_98.html Brainteaser Central http://www.brainteasercentral.com/riddle.php?riddleid=648&status=a&PHPSESSID=11e504651b6cbeb90a618042ad2a3086 Everything2.com Question http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=old%20chestnut%3A%20truel Answer http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=answer%3A%20truel Math Forum http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/55662.html http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/55630.html Braingle http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/teaser.php?op=2;id=22672;comm=1 Brainyplanet which unfortunately does not give the set up of the original problem which appears in the below book. http://brainyplanet.com/index.php/Truel%20Solution?PHPSESSID=d799d1707bf6337c0547a1d6d275c326 Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions (Paperback) by Frederick Mosteller http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486653552/104-2767448-8741565?v=glance&n=283155 I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as soon as I receive it. Thank you answerfinder Search strategy "three men " shoot logic duel Truel ://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=truel&btnG=Search&meta=
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