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- Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:56 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

My strategy seems to be predominantly SPFPSDx with the same delayed on the other hand, or paralysis on the other hand, usually after an invis. I've found this experimentally, by noticing I do it in almost every game.

- Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:10 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

Also, I accepted one of xade's challenges. I expect to lose horribly, but perhaps I'll pick something up. :) I'll try to be gentle... Don't believe it. xade is brutal! Also, Delay Effect lets you bank a spell without the ability to counterspell that spell. And the banked spell is not an enchantment...

- Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:16 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

Aethernox wrote:Same; and I'm rather unhappy about getting anti-spelled in one of the brawls. Not much to be done, sadly.

Sorry, I coinflipped for which of the Hastes I was going to disrupt.

- Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:35 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

You have forgotten about the "come back and forget that paralyze will turn my W into a P, making me surrender" option. It's a good one and I recommend it. I've found that Disease is quite easy to get rid of almost all the time, and I usually use Cure Heavy Wounds. Edit: you did not forget ...

- Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:33 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

I just got pwned in a 3 way. I summon a giant, but on the same turn I summon it it gets charmed to attack me. Grumble. Someone's going to pay for that. You counterspelled what would've been my Permanency had I not anticipated your betrayal! Just deserts. :twisted: I'd brawl. But why limit it to 4-w...

- Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Re: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

Haha, I fucking suck at this. I had finally gotten the upper hand and spend like 10 minutes planning... Only to hit a double P and surrender. I think I'll have to go back to fallout and shoot things. In which on turn 7 my opponent is charmed into surrender: http://games.ravenblack.net/warlocks?num=...

- Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:57 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Martingale betting system (Roulette)
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### Re: Martingale betting system (Roulette)

Just to clarify, although I believe this was already pointed out, Martingale actually has a lower expected value than just betting the minimum amount over and over. Well, not really, because they're both 0 in the end. But from a calculus perspective Martingale is worse. .........what Their expected...

- Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:59 am UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
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### Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)

http://games.ravenblack.net/ This is an amazing game of bluff and strategy. Each player is a Warlock in a duel to the death, casting spells by sequences of gestures on each hand. Proffered palm, snap, point, wriggle fingers casts "Charm Person", and Point, Wriggle, Wriggle, Point, Point c...

- Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: How not to make stupid math mistakes...
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### Re: How not to make stupid math mistakes...

I was taught very young to avoid them via positive reinforcement. In middle school for every math test I made no stupid mistakes ("careless errors") on, my mom bought me a book of my choosing. I'd bring home every math test and my mom and I would go over each missed question. If I missed i...

- Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Probability help please..
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### Re: Probability help please..

"At least" means he could win just a silver, or he could win just a gold, or he could win a silver and a gold. It means >= 1 medal.

"Exactly" means == 1 medal. So he could win just a silver or just a gold, but winning both wouldn't count as winning exactly 1.

"Exactly" means == 1 medal. So he could win just a silver or just a gold, but winning both wouldn't count as winning exactly 1.

- Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Proportionality and Interval Measures (question)
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### Re: Proportionality and Interval Measures (question)

You can add the Xs. From the article: "That is, differences between arbitrary pairs of measurements can be meaningfully compared." Notice that's exactly what you did: you said the difference between 1 and 2 is X, and the difference between 2 and 3 is X, so the difference between 1 and 3 is...

- Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I don't get probability...
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### Re: I don't get probability...

Probability says, very precisely, that if you're about to flip a coin, you should assign equal belief to the proposition that it will land heads and to the proposition that it will land tails. The imprecision is not in the mathematics, but in its use. If you then go on to say "so I expect somew...

- Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:53 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Probability of probability
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### Re: Probability of probability

Let's say I have a bag that contains black and white balls. There are 50 balls, I pick 10 of them without looking, and they're all black. This does not let me conclude that the probability of picking a black ball is higher than picking a white ball. But, could I conclude that the probability that (...

- Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Airplane seats problem.
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### Re: Airplane seats problem.

I think there is a completely different approach: Since the question is if Zak will sit on his own seat, I think the probability is 100%. Adam is the only guy who forgot his seat number. So, Zak has his boarding pass with his correct seat on it. When he enters the plane, one seat is free. If it is ...

- Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

Macbi wrote:I guess my point is that if you look for the simplest answer then your answer will be subjective, and if you try to work out what they were thinking of then you're doing science, not maths.

Read Polya. Read Polya's How To Solve It. Then get back to me about "doing science, not maths".

- Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:57 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Relative Sizes of Infinite Sets
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### Re: Relative Sizes of Infinite Sets

Mekmek wrote:- Any subset of a countable set is countable.

It's possible this would be labeled wrong depending on the textbook. I was taught in one class that any subset of a countable set is countable, and in another class that only sets with a bijection to the natural numbers were countable.

- Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:32 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

Edit: This seems to work: nCr (a + b + 2, b) - nCr (b + 2, b) And mike-l takes the gold. No special cases, nice and simple, just like what you'd expect nature to throw at you. Wait what? Wasn't it GreedyAlgorithm (me!) that came up with that example? Maybe it's just that he construc...

- Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

But that's not in the original information. My sequence agrees with yours for the original numbers given once I give it the special cases (f(0,b)=0, f(a,0) = 0, and f(1,1) = 1). When I said "too many special cases", I didn't mean "this doesn't fit the information you know", I me...

- Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

jmorgan3 wrote:Looking at my code, it seems I hard-coded f(a, 1) = a, so I got f(1,1)=1 that way. I guess my series has one more special case than I thought.

Too many special cases. f(10,10) =

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- Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

Doraki wrote:would f(52,106) be 17817521456210923584397430585901605649528622 ?

Quite so, nice job.

Care to go through your solving process so we can see how much it relied on guessing my intent?

- Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:46 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Martingale betting system (Roulette)
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### Re: Martingale betting system (Roulette)

The wikipedia article sums up why it doesn't work. In your example, for instance, you only have a 0.964 chance of winning $5. That's not enough to make up for the 0.036 chance you LOSE $5+10+20+40+80=$155. And certainly, you can go again, but if you have any maximum amount of money (note: you do) th...

- Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:57 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

Enough theory, here's a better problem. There's a function f:NxN->N that you have found several values for already, but any additional values will take lots of computation time. Determine the function. If you need more values, request them in the form f(a,b) (e.g. f(3,4)). Internet points are awarde...

- Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What's wrong with this proof that no two numbers are equal?
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### Re: What's wrong with this proof that no two numbers are equal?

Given any two numbers, the probability of their being equal is one in infinity. Hence, given two numbers A and B, they are unequal. Hence, no two numbers are equal. There are many, many problems with that proof. "Given any two numbers, the probability of their being equal is one in infinity.&q...

- Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

Claiming that all theories are created equal leads to letting intelligent design into the science classroom. Huhnnnn???? Non-sequitur. Weren't we talking about mathematics? Or at least about guessing sequences? The "what's next in the sequence?" type of question, when asked without a cont...

- Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

There is a middle ground, though, between "stupid arbitrary polynomial" and "just a different answer than they wanted". There are hundreds of sequences containing "1, 2, 3, 4". (Though, granted, a lot of them do indeed follow it with 5), and none of them that I saw bro...

- Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

It irritates me that this sort of question frequently appears on 11+ tests and GCSE Maths exams. The next term could be any number at all, yet only one specific number is marked as correct. Really it comes down to whether they are testing understanding of mathematics or just how well the candidate ...

- Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:04 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

There is a middle ground, though, between "stupid arbitrary polynomial" and "just a different answer than they wanted". There are hundreds of sequences containing "1, 2, 3, 4". (Though, granted, a lot of them do indeed follow it with 5), and none of them that I saw bro...

- Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the 6th number
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### Re: Find the 6th number

It irritates me that this sort of question frequently appears on 11+ tests and GCSE Maths exams. The next term could be any number at all, yet only one specific number is marked as correct. It irritates ME that people think "it could be anything" is a clever answer. You're saying that if ...

- Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Calculating Odds?
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### Re: Calculating Odds?

J Spade wrote:The probability was 100 percent, because he decided to stop there, and you decided to stop there as well. Your paths therefore crossed.

Do not pay attention to that, because it is both wrong and misleading.

- Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:22 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
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### Re: "Why are we still talking about this?"

Looks that way to me, yes.

- Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
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### "Why are we still talking about this?"

OliverTheMerc wrote: oh man

I need to learn how to say "Why are we still talking about this?" in Latin, and to abbreviate it to use instead of QED at the end of very long proofs

maybe just proofs where I show something is the Catalan numbers

Any help?

- Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: A probability problem (drawing slips from a bin)
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### Re: A probability problem (drawing slips from a bin)

Do you know how many slips are in the bin at any given time or is it opaque? Do you know your coworkers' strategies? Are there weeks you get 0 slips? Are there weeks you expect the overall number of slips given out to be higher or lower (such as this week - presumably lower due to July 4th vacations)?

- Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:36 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Figuring out what a function is.
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### Re: Figuring out what a function is.

Why do so many people feel the need to point that out in every one of these threads? It's like nobody understands what the point of a puzzle is. Hear hear. If the answer to "what credence do you assign the proposition that your guess for the value of 17@200 is the same as LSK's assignment?&quo...

- Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?
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### Re: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?

The poor dumb shmoes might have an increase Standard of Living, but that does not necessarily translate: http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_10_3_05_lee.pdf Happiness is a positional good, as is education, so 1000X and 2Y isn't the case for happiness, it's that the highest quintile suddenly cont...

- Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:23 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?
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### Re: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?

You've completely missed my point. No, I don't like inequality, but that's not a good enough reason to oppose this. 1. Greed/selfishness is a quality which will increase a person's chances of becoming very wealthy. 2. Thus, greedy people are overrepresented in the category of wealthy people. 3. The...

- Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
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### Re: Combining estimated probabilities

Let A be the event that 'Nick owns the £20'. Let B be the event that 'Eliezer owns the £20'. Let N be the event that 'Nick's guess is correct'. Let E be the event that 'Eliezer's guess is correct'. {N, E} partitions the possibility space with (at least fo...

- Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
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### Re: Combining estimated probabilities

I'm not totally sure that this technique works, but your proof doesn't quite hold up. The problem is that your prior probability that it isn't your bill isn't the same as the prior probability that it is theirs (since I think the whole thing only works at all if you are dealing with the prior proba...

- Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
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### Combining estimated probabilities

From Eliezer Yudkowsky : Nick Bostrom and I once took a taxi and split the fare. When we counted the money we'd assembled to pay the driver, we found an extra twenty there. "I'm pretty sure this twenty isn't mine," said Nick. "I'd have been sure that it wasn't mine either," I sai...

- Thu May 29, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Help With A Math Puzzle?!
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### Re: Help With A Math Puzzle?!

a) This is not a math puzzle IMO

b) Why do you need the answer? This isn't homework, is it?

c) 22 43 24 14 35 21 32 15 45 45 15 43 44

b) Why do you need the answer? This isn't homework, is it?

c) 22 43 24 14 35 21 32 15 45 45 15 43 44

- Thu May 22, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: How do you stop this alien.
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### Re: How do you stop this alien.

An alien lands in France. He moves at a pretty slow, walking pace (lets say, 2.5 km/h). He shoots lasers out of his eyes and his hands that instantly kill and disintegrate all people and objects (regardless of their chemical composition). The lasers are dead accurate. Um. What? Are the lasers shoot...