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Statistical Bruteforce

 
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miltonlim



Joined: 05 May 2005
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PostPosted: Thu, 05 May 2005 7:07 am    Post subject: Statistical Bruteforce Reply with quote

Its interesting to note that this problem could perhaps be solved using a statistical bruteforce i.e. by going through all the 6^5 possible combinations, which is only about 7776 which is not a lot.
you can do this by obtaining a large enough sample size (say, in the magnitude of 10,000-50,000) sorting them by the number of petals and the answer would become quite apparrent with mainly 3's and 5's popping up frequently when theres a large number of petals.

this game isnt really a "problem" in the sense of a mathematical problem, buts its more of a test.
the open-endedness of this game is distracting, so its kinda testing us to see if we just can spot the very simple, almost trivial strategies. i think thats why many 'smart' people (no generalisations here) take relatively longer because they tend to "overthink" the problem.
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MoonDog



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PostPosted: Tue, 10 May 2005 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He-he-he, maybe that is why relatively quickly the solution came to me~at best my math skills would be kindly said as 'archaic'!! LOL :=)) Cool
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