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Nontransitive Dice (wikipedia.org)
11 points by r-w 5 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 1 comment

Interesting clip from the section about Warren Buffet.

> Buffett once attempted to win a game of dice with Bill Gates using nontransitive dice. "Buffett suggested that each of them choose one of the dice, then discard the other two. They would bet on who would roll the highest number most often. Buffett offered to let Gates pick his die first. This suggestion instantly aroused Gates's curiosity. He asked to examine the dice, after which he demanded that Buffett choose first."

This reminds me that Bill Gates actually is quite mathematically inclined and solved the best for the time approach in his first and only scientific research to a mathematical problem called the pancake problem [1].

[1]: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/mathematics/bill-gat...

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