Saturday, July 23, 2011

You're the captain of a pirate ship…

…and your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty, but still survive?

Hint: start with a concrete example of 5 pirates and 100 coins, and try to maximize your gain.

step 1: 100 to you, you die
step 2: 50 to you, 50 to other 2 pirates. if one says no, then you die and 4 pirates have to divide 100 coins

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