Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas games theory

Through a coincidence almost as implausible as the Champions League draw, today also sees a new article of mine go up on Significance. The idea was simple: find interesting stats/maths things to say about popular Christmas-time board games. Not making the cut was a discussion of the inevitable unfairness of dice (and an excuse to talk about Awesome Dice Blog's 20,000 roll experiment to compare two manufacturers), and how to use the Markov chain nature of a game of Snakes and Ladders to estimate how long it will take you to finish (40 rolls in the MB version, apparently).

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