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Can anyone solve this pattern?

  1. Mar 23, 2016 #1
    http://www.matrix67.com/iqtest/01.jpg

    I am having a lot of trouble solving it. From the information I have collected so far, they only ask us to show which squares contain orange circles, they did not ask us about which squares are blue or orang. So I think that the color of the surrounding squares determines which squares contain orange circles. There are also 4 circles per square which implies that the orange circles are each switching positions. That is all I have gathered so far. It also seems that the first questions on this test are harder than the later ones, if that helps.
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2016 #2

    mfb

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    Picture 1 and 2 have the same square colors, but different orange circles.

    Those problems are usually stupid. There is an infinite set of patterns that matches that sequence and any continuation you like. The person making the problem statement thought about one - but what prevents you from thinking about a different one? Ideally, the intended pattern is simpler than all others, but that is not guaranteed.
     
  4. Mar 23, 2016 #3
    The square colors play a role in determining which squares contain orange circles in the next example, not the one in which the colors are present.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2016 #4

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    I don't know if that is true (you seem to be sure?), but even if it is, they cannot fully determine the positions, otherwise 2 and 3 would have the same.
     
  6. Mar 24, 2016 #5
    Not if the square colors determine in which direction the orange circles move somehow.
     
  7. Mar 24, 2016 #6

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    That would be possible, sure.
    No matter what influences what, the rules are not symmetric, as image 1 is symmetric and image 2 is not.
     
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