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seen Nov 29 '13 at 21:07

Enthusiastic developer at NCR, spending most of his time around machine-to-machine interfaces. Designed and co-developed Epos TTS system in a previous life.


Jan
9
comment How to use Chapel card to its fullest potential?
@JoeGolton - Unless the other action card also gives you $2 when played, and there is only one. More or less. You do not want to run the risk that you trash most your coins but then have difficulty buying even silver. So silvers are the safest bet initially.
Jan
8
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@JoeGolton (and user1873) - yes, I admit, if the game is obviously non-symmetrical, or if you see roughly balanced results, then you get no conclusions from the outcomes. There is always also the possibility that the particular players are of approximately the same strength regardless of their different backgrounds. For me, a proof of the skill component is the existence of players who can beat other players in a statistically significant way over a reasonable duration of game play. With chess, I'm reliably defeated in a single game. With bridge, it does not go that fast.
Jan
8
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@user1873 - Re Dominion: my own very limited experience in a fixed group of 4 players, 3 of whom play only in this group and 1 player has a wider exposition, is entirely sufficient to prove that Dominion has a strong skill component. Out of maybe 40 games played so far, the "expert" won maybe 35, usually going 3rd or 4th. This page has a nice graph that tells me that either there is a big advantage in going third or fourth, or Dominion simply cannot be a game of pure chance: fourmilab.ch/rpkp/experiments/statistics.html
Jan
8
comment How to Measure Luck vs Skill in Games?
@user1873 - Re statistics: There is no threshold. The described method also does not work if you cannot guarantee that the player's overall skill levels are different. The reason is that game outcomes can prove a skill component, if they are statistically too unlikely to permit a "pure chance hypothesis" in a symmetrical game, but they can never prove a chance component.
Nov
28
comment Why is there a bonus for holding honors in bridge? Isn't having 4-5 of the highest trumps privileges enough?
@bwarner - You and I are basically saying that the honours scoring rule is not purely based on hands dealt.