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Is this correct : fair game ?

  1. Nov 24, 2005 #1
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    Is this correct : fair game

    Let suppose there are 2 opponents : A,B...for simplicity, Let suppose at each round A wins with prob. p, B with q.....and p and q, constant such that 0<p+q<1...

    Then if A begins, p(A wins)=[tex] p+(1-p)(1-q)p+...\frac{p}{p+q-pq}[/tex]...which is A wins at first, A loses, B loses, A wins, aso....

    where as :

    p(B wins)=[tex] (1-p)q+(1-p)(1-q)(1-p)q+...\frac{(1-p)q}{p+q-pq}[/tex]...:

    Hence,p(A=win)+p(B=win)=1 even if p+q<1...However if A,B have at each round the same prob. of winning, then on summing rounds, the ones who begins has more chance to win ??? (but still we remember, those are juste probabilities...)

    However p(A=win)=p(B=win) (fair) => q=p/(1-p)...let suppose the game is a every round winner type one with p+q=1...this means, at each round, either A or B wins (there are no open rounds)..then the golden ratio is obtained as fair for the whole game, but of course not the single round....

    if the game is a each round winner type, then it should be like counting the numbers of time who is the winner, since one of them surely wins.

    But if p+q<1 what is the context of the probability computation : based on : the first who wins, wins all...or even if he wins once, we continue, and count only determined issues (not open ones..)..p+q<1 could be determined by factors like : each round takes such time, if over, nobody won.... ?

    well, it was not question of A and B both wins, because by construction, if A wins, then B loses, hence P(A and B wins)=0..if....but there can be that neiter A nor B wins, hence [tex]P(A and B lose)=p_{open}[/tex] ..but this does not mean that p(a and b win)<>0 which would mean not independent......what you mean is I suppose if the previous round influences the next one (if it is boxing, it is obvious...): p(A=winner(n+1)┬ŽA=winner(n))....but here it's taken as independent....

    But I was in fact not speaking about theory, but on the basics : you say ok we make a faire game with a coin..it's fair ?? Yes, but if we repeat the coin tossing, it's not anymore...so is it fair or not ?
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  3. Nov 26, 2005 #2


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    When you write "A wins" you mean "A wins at least once," correct? Suppose A and B are rolling a die. A wins if 4 is rolled, B wins if 3 is rolled. But both lose if neither 3 nor 4 is rolled. So A can keep on winning round after round if there is a continuous run of 4's. I suggest you explain this using a concrete example.
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