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# AkamaiBrah wrote: Part 1: Gunman X and gunman Y are in a

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23 Jul 2003, 04:45
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Part 1:
Gunman X and gunman Y are in a duel. Let's say that gunman X will kill his target with one shot with probability P, and gunman Y will kill his target with one shot with probability Q. If gunman X shoots first, and they alternate shots until somebody dies, what is the probability that gunman X will survive?

Useful identity: if 0 < r < 1, then a*(1 + r + r^2 + r^3 + ... + r^infinity) converges to: a / (1 - r).

(A) P / (P + Q)
(B) P / ((1 - P)(1 - Q))
(C) P / (1 - (1 - P)(1 - Q))
(D) P / (1 - P * Q)
(E) P * (1 - Q)(1 - P)

Part 2.

Gladiators A, B, and C are engaged in deadly game. AFter drawing straws, the order of play is A, then B, then C, then A again and so on. A is given a gun with one bullet and he must shoot at a target. After A shoots, B is given a gun with one bullet and he must shoot at target, and so on. A is not a very good shot and has a 50-50 chance of killing his target when he shoots to kill. B is a sharpshooter and is guaranteed to kill his target. C is a good shot, and will kill his target 80% of the time. There are three guards, one is a sharpshooter who never misses, and the other two kill their target 80% of the time. In addition, the guards have automatic weapons, an unlimited number of bullets, and will fire immediately and rapidly if either shot upon, or if a gladiator tries to escape. Assuming that B and C will always choose their best strategy, what strategy should you recommend for A in order to maximize his chances of survival? (Please justify your answer -- the results of part 1 may come in handy.)

(A) Try to kill B
(B) Try to kill C
(C) Try to escape
(D) Try to kill the sharpshooting guard, then try to escape
(E) Shoot himself in the foot.
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23 Jul 2003, 05:27
Hmmm...

Let's calculate chances for A to survive

A. kill B. --- A kills B, C misses, A kills C = 0.5*0.2*0.5=0.05
B. kill C. --- A kills C, B misses A = 0.5*0=0
C. escape --- The sniper guard kills A. Chances = 0
D. kill a sniper and escape. --- A kills sniper, the two other guard miss = 0.5*0.2*0.2=0.02
E. shoot his foot --- A shots his foot (does not affect the chances to survive), B kills C, A kills B = 1*0.5=0.5

E seems to be the best one.

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Challenge Problem: Probability Part 2: [#permalink]

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23 Jul 2003, 05:33
I think the answer is A

Reason: Lets look at A's probability of survival under each choice

E is trivial
D) A succeeds and the other two guards miss = 0.5*0.2*0.2=0.02
C) 0 since sharpshooter guard will kill him
B) Even if A succeeds, B will kill him. A will survive only if he fails, B chooses to shoot at C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.125
A) A survives if he succeeds in killing B, then C fails and then A succeeds in killing C OR if A fails, B chooses to kill C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.175

Therefore, the probability of A's survival is maximum under choice A

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23 Jul 2003, 05:38
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Hmmm...

Let's calculate chances for A to survive

A. kill B. --- A kills B, C misses, A kills C = 0.5*0.2*0.5=0.05
B. kill C. --- A kills C, B misses A = 0.5*0=0
C. escape --- The sniper guard kills A. Chances = 0
D. kill a sniper and escape. --- A kills sniper, the two other guard miss = 0.5*0.2*0.2=0.02
E. shoot his foot --- A shots his foot (does not affect the chances to survive), B kills C, A kills B = 1*0.5=0.5

E seems to be the best one.

Hmmm.

Analysis is a little sloppy. What if A misses either B or C in first two scenarios?
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Re: Challenge Problem: Probability Part 2: [#permalink]

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23 Jul 2003, 05:48
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I think the answer is A

Reason: Lets look at A's probability of survival under each choice

E is trivial
D) A succeeds and the other two guards miss = 0.5*0.2*0.2=0.02
C) 0 since sharpshooter guard will kill him
B) Even if A succeeds, B will kill him. A will survive only if he fails, B chooses to shoot at C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.125
A) A survives if he succeeds in killing B, then C fails and then A succeeds in killing C OR if A fails, B chooses to kill C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.175

Therefore, the probability of A's survival is maximum under choice A
nice try. think it through a little more carefully....
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Re: Challenge Problem: Probability Part 2: [#permalink]

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23 Jul 2003, 07:03
AkamaiBrah wrote:
prashant wrote:
I think the answer is A

Reason: Lets look at A's probability of survival under each choice

E is trivial
D) A succeeds and the other two guards miss = 0.5*0.2*0.2=0.02
C) 0 since sharpshooter guard will kill him
B) Even if A succeeds, B will kill him. A will survive only if he fails, B chooses to shoot at C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.125
A) A survives if he succeeds in killing B, then C fails and then A succeeds in killing C OR if A fails, B chooses to kill C and then A succeeds in killing B = 0.175

Therefore, the probability of A's survival is maximum under choice A
nice try. think it through a little more carefully....

Okay, you've got me there ..... I can't think of an alternative approach...

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Re: Challenge Problem: Probability Part 2: [#permalink]

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23 Jul 2003, 11:49
AkamaiBrah wrote:
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AkamaiBrah wrote:
Part 1:
Gunman X and gunman Y are in a duel. Let's say that gunman X will kill his target with one shot with probability P, and gunman Y will kill his target with one shot with probability Q. If gunman X shoots first, and they alternate shots until somebody dies, what is the probability that gunman X will survive?

Useful identity: if 0 < r < 1, then a*(1 + r + r^2 + r^3 + ... + r^infinity) converges to: a / (1 - r).

(A) P / (P + Q)
(B) P / ((1 - P)(1 - Q))
(C) P / (1 - (1 - P)(1 - Q))
(D) P / (1 - P * Q)
(E) P * (1 - Q)(1 - P)

Part 2.

Gladiators A, B, and C are engaged in deadly game. AFter drawing straws, the order of play is A, then B, then C, then A again and so on. A is given a gun with one bullet and he must shoot at a target. After A shoots, B is given a gun with one bullet and he must shoot at target, and so on. A is not a very good shot and has a 50-50 chance of killing his target when he shoots to kill. B is a sharpshooter and is guaranteed to kill his target. C is a good shot, and will kill his target 80% of the time. There are three guards, one is a sharpshooter who never misses, and the other two kill their target 80% of the time. In addition, the guards have automatic weapons, an unlimited number of bullets, and will fire immediately and rapidly if either shot upon, or if a gladiator tries to escape. Assuming that B and C will always choose their best strategy, what strategy should you recommend for A in order to maximize his chances of survival? (Please justify your answer -- the results of part 1 may come in handy.)

(A) Try to kill B
(B) Try to kill C
(C) Try to escape
(D) Try to kill the sharpshooting guard, then try to escape
(E) Shoot himself in the foot.
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Solution.

(C) and (D) are definitely out. C has probability 0 (guard will kill with prob 1), and D has probability approaching 0 (remember, guards have machine guns and lots of ammo).

For (A). 1/2 of the time he miss B. B will then kill C (C is bigger threat than A is). Now A will have one last chance to kill B will 1/2 prob of success.
1/2 of the time he will kill B. Then C and A will get into a duel with C going first. Using the results of part 1, we can calculate the C will kill A with prob 8/9, i.e., A has 1/9 chance of survival. Hence, the probability of survival for A if he shoots B first is: (1/2 * 1/2) + (1/2 * 1/9) or slightly more than 30%.

Note: we don't need to know the formula derived in part 1 for the duel between C and A. C goes first with prob 4/5, so C will have AT LEAST an 80% chance of killing A. This means that A will have AT MOST a 20% chance of surviving. Hence, the upper bound of A's chance of survival is: (1/2*1/2) + (1/2*1/5) or 35% (i.e., A has AT MOST a 35% chance of survival).

For (B), 1/2 of the time he will miss C. In which case, B will kill C and A will have one chance to kill B will probability 1/2 of surviving. The other 1/2 of the time, he will kill C, in which case, B will simply shoot A so there is NO chance of survival there. Hence, by choosing option B, A has a (1/2 * 1/2) = 25% chance of survival.

For (E) -- and E is NOT a trivial option -- A will definitely survive his first shot (he might even miss himself and not get hurt). B will then kill C and A will have one opportunity to kill B with probability 1/2 of surviving. Hence, under option (E), A has a 50-50 chance of survival.

From the above analysis, we see that A's best chance of survival is to shot himself in the foot, let B kill C, then take his one shot at killing B in the second round. Hence, the best answer is (E).

Hope you found this problem interesting!
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