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Old 2015-07-04, 07:13   #5
R. Gerbicz
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"Robert Gerbicz"
Oct 2005

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Originally Posted by TheMawn View Post
What terrible wording. "Please provide your answer as a list of 216 digits, 1-6 for a guess and 0 for illegal cases" What on earth does that even mean? In any kind of graded school work a person would get wrecked for wording it like that. Sure they explain it later but there must be a smarter way to explain it the first time.
I've submitted my answer as a 216 digits length number. Seeing that sentence this could be wrong, but in that case the sample input for 4 people, 4 color is totally wrong. Though convertion from one format to the good format is trivial. (One could also ask what would be the seperator between the digits? Comma, dot or what?)

Originally Posted by TheMawn View Post

The game isn't explained much better. It requires a lot of extra thinking and assumptions and I call bullshit on anyone saying that it's deliberately clouded.

Clearly a player should not be able guess one of the numbers they see because that would make it impossible for one of the others to win (because they aren't allowed to guess the same number twice). I'm going to assume this is one of the hidden rules...

The game probably does not loop back around for the same reason. Although it could go until nobody can guess.

Does a player benefit from others losing? Does a player benefit from others winning?

Do the players know if a previous guess was right or wrong?

This looks like a shitty version of classic examples of game theory.
I think that the problem statement is well written, but takes some time to understand the whole problem.
Assume the following: they are clever enough to make sure that the first three person can make a correct guess, for the fourth person you can't make sure this (in some cases he will make a correct guess, in others a wrong). To achieve this, before they stand in a line they (all 4 person) are agreeing in a strategy what they will follow in the game, that is the meaning of the "Our challenge this month is to show that all the rest can." sentence for me.

When standing in line they can't make any further communications, just the guessing. And they hear each others guess.

Originally Posted by TheMawn View Post
Do the players know if a previous guess was right or wrong?
Interesting question, for my strategy I don't need it. (so for example we don't know in the game that the fourth person made a correct guess or not.)
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