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We all love a little game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

March 7, 2011

Found this on the NY Times Site: Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. Choose from two different modes: novice, where the computer learns to play from scratch, and veteran, where the computer pits over 200,000 rounds of previous experience against you. Play Here

Note: A truly random game of rock-paper-scissors would result in a statistical tie with each player winning, tying and losing one-third of the time. However, people are not truly random and thus can be studied and analyzed. While this computer won’t win all rounds, over time it can exploit a person’s tendencies and patterns to gain an advantage over its opponent.

Update:  How to Win at Rock, Paper, Scissors

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  1. mike wilkens permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:40 PM

    the computer kicked my ass!

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