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by GreedyAlgorithm
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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.
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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. :)
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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 ...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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=...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Martingale betting system (Roulette)
Replies: 44
Views: 6116

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Warlocks (Spellcaster, Waving Hands, etc)
Replies: 169
Views: 15355

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How not to make stupid math mistakes...
Replies: 9
Views: 1399

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability help please..
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

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.
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proportionality and Interval Measures (question)
Replies: 4
Views: 687

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I don't get probability...
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability of probability
Replies: 24
Views: 2608

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 (...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Airplane seats problem.
Replies: 29
Views: 6514

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 ...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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".
by GreedyAlgorithm
Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Relative Sizes of Infinite Sets
Replies: 25
Views: 2731

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.
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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) =
Spoiler:
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by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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?
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Martingale betting system (Roulette)
Replies: 44
Views: 6116

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's wrong with this proof that no two numbers are equal?
Replies: 14
Views: 2037

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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 ...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the 6th number
Replies: 60
Views: 9428

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 ...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculating Odds?
Replies: 25
Views: 3721

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.
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 81180

Re: "Why are we still talking about this?"

Looks that way to me, yes.
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 81180

"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?
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A probability problem (drawing slips from a bin)
Replies: 3
Views: 858

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)?
by GreedyAlgorithm
Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Figuring out what a function is.
Replies: 17
Views: 2552

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?
Replies: 145
Views: 14916

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?
Replies: 145
Views: 14916

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combining estimated probabilities
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

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...
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu May 29, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Help With A Math Puzzle?!
Replies: 9
Views: 1880

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
by GreedyAlgorithm
Thu May 22, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How do you stop this alien.
Replies: 50
Views: 8715

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...

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