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How to win at rock-paper-scissors

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What are your odds of winning rock-paper-scissors? Simple - one in three. At least, that's what chance predicts.

But people do not play randomly - they follow hidden patterns that you can predict to win more games than you should, a study has revealed.

Winners tend to stick with their winning action, while losers tend to switch to the next action in the sequence "rock-paper-scissors".

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-27228416

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What about Lizard and Spock?

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When I win I dont stick to the same action. That seems wierd. You should know the only way you win again picking the same one would be if the other person picks the same one and that is highly unlikely especially if they just lost. One way to win for sure is to watch thier hand and form yours just a little after them O:-)

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What about Lizard and Spock?

Beat me to it :lol:

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A huge survey of Rock Paper Scissors, which now results in further investigation.

Hmm.

The CIA must be behind it.

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So how much money was thrown at these "scientists" for this ever so important study?

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So how much money was thrown at these "scientists" for this ever so important study?

Just wait, next there will be a study to determine if the odds of a piece of toast falling butter-side down really does correspond to the cost of the carpet.

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Just wait, next there will be a study to determine if the odds of a piece of toast falling butter-side down really does correspond to the cost of the carpet.

THe study will need to be done with freshly buttered bread and bread where the butter is melting. Also different shapes and weights of bread would need to be investigated. This could turn into a multi billion dollar project!

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So how much money was thrown at these "scientists" for this ever so important study?

Did you even read the article? These results have applications in psychology, game theory and neuroscience. It's a study in noncooperative strategic interactions, but you just see rock paper scissors.

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I prefer Roshambo.

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Did you even read the article? These results have applications in psychology, game theory and neuroscience. It's a study in noncooperative strategic interactions, but you just see rock paper scissors.

Much more data would need to be derived. I would prefer to use the term "programmed" rather than hardwired. With the current educational systems, children are being taught what to think and how to get to those "logical" conclusions and how to think. Granted a framework for logical thinking needs to be introduced in education. The only "good" I can see coming out of this is new ways to control the "cattle".

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Perhaps a bit of behavioral insight into evolutionary psychology ... if you observe your buddy successfully evading a predator, would you also perform the same evasion strategy? This is an evolved psychological adaptation to recurring problems in the ancestral environment.

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So how much money was thrown at these "scientists" for this ever so important study?

Haha. I'm sure this study is funded by Casino owners so they can optimize their odds in their favors.

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Ah yes another pseudo science fact that will will awe the masses, really? Trying to find out if there is skill in a game with only 3 outcomes? i couldn't face palm at the force i want to or i would fracture my skull

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Many thanks for the link!

I'm studying game theory... and this has some interesting ties to the Monty Hall problem. The Nash Equilibrium is something that completely fascinates me. I will have to go find and download the original paper.

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Looks like I now stand a higher chance of first for the shower around my house...

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What everyone forgets is that rock-paper-scissors IS perfectly fair if you only go one round. But popularly we always do the "best out of three" which actually reduces the chance for a fair outcome.

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Meet the "rock, paper, scissors" robot that never loses.

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When I was a kid I cheated. You start with rock and you time your hand just a moment after the other persons hand, and you open or close or make scissors after the other position is already revealed. Sneaky I know... My friends could never beat me. I don't cheat anymore but I think my oldest son has figured out because he always beats his brother.

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