Questions tagged [statistics]

Questions about where to find--and how to analyze--board and card game related data.

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Settlers of Catan Data

I'd like to do some statistical analysis on Catan games, but to do that I need data. Does anyone know of a place I can find empirical data on Catan play? The stronger the players, the better. Awesome ...
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Axis and Allies - Is there a best country?

I've been told by several people that different countries are statistically better choices for Axis and Allies? Is there any evidence that one or more countries have a significant advantage?
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How likely are you to lose because Fool's Landing sinks into the abyss?

Since I like probability questions, and tttpp brought it up, I figured it might be interesting to calculate how likely you are to lose on the first turn in Forbidden Island, because Fool's Landing ...
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Is there a best character in Button Men? Is there a worst character?

Button Men is a free Print&Play game for 2 players. Each player chooses a character card, and the polyhedral dice associated with that character, and takes turns trying to capture their opponent's ...
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Is there any configuration of Free Cell that cannot be solved?

When I have free time in small durations, I often play Free Cell on my phone. The app that I use permits unlimited undos, and because of this I currently have a run of 603 wins, with 655 total wins ...
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What is the optimal method to shuffle an organised deck of cards

In a number of games I play there are a play deck and a discard deck (for example Ticket to Ride and Pandemic). The discard deck, by the way the games are constructed, becomes organised as cards are ...
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Statistical Approach to Winning Monopoly

There was a computer simulation run a few years ago for Monopoly which calculated the most likely properties and squares to land on and some other data. Does anyone have or know the stats of the ...
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What is the best way to shuffle a large deck without damaging the cards?

I'm quite familiar with a few methods of cards, primarily Riffling and Mongean* shuffling. The issue I have with those is that the Riffling shuffle tends to bend cards and wear them out, as well as ...
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What are the chances of losing Pandemic on the first turn?

I like probability questions, and it has been a while since tttpp's excellent analysis of losing in the first turn of Forbidden Island. I figured it might be interesting to calculate how likely you ...
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How can I do better than chance in Uno?

Just started playing Uno. What are the most important strategies that might improve my game? Of course luck is important, but I'm trying to do better than crossing my fingers. For example, before and ...
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What specific strategies have the highest win:loss ratio in Uno?

I decided to delve deeper into this question to discover exactly how effective certain strategies would have on your win percentage. This led me to this Stanford Computer Science project that pits ...
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Why is 'equity' much more commonly used than 'winning probability'? What is the mathematical formula that links 'equity" and 'winning probability'?

In backgammon, people always speak about 'equity', but never about 'winning probability'. To me, 'winning probability' seems much more simple and much more intuitive than 'equity'. So why is 'equity' ...
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Monopoly Stock Exchange add-on: How does the add-on change the probability of landing on the properties?

[tl;dr] Go to section «The Question», at the end... In 1936 and 1937, Parker Brothers published a «Stock Exchange» add-on for Monopoly, Easy Money, and Finance; it was re-released for Monopoly, by ...
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If I am going to build a small ship, which direction should I build toward?

The center of your spaceship board is on the '7's in all four directions. Since the odds of rolling a certain number increases as that number approaches 7, it seems reasonable to build toward one side ...