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Beating randomness with strategy

Beating randomness with strategy

rock-paper-scissors

Think twice before sharing with potential opponents: A recent study has identified tips to win rock-paper-scissors. In a laboratory experiment, computer scientists at Zhejiang University in China observed cyclic motions during the traditionally random two-person game of gestures. The findings are summarized in four strategy recommendations outlined in a Vox article.

From the Vox piece:

Data shows that men disproportionately go with sturdy rock as their first move (heeding Bart Simpson’s timeless advice: “Good ol’ Rock, nothing beats that”). As RPS tournament competitor Graham Walker puts it, “rock is for rookies.”

You can take advantage of that by starting with paper (in Lisa’s words: ‘Poor predictable Bart; always takes Rock”).

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