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#1 mmiguel

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:12 AM

Three gods A , B , and C are called, in some order, True, False, and Random. True always speaks truly, False always speaks falsely, but whether Random speaks truly or falsely is a completely random matter. Your task is to determine the identities of A , B , and C by asking three yes-no questions; each question must be put to exactly one god. The gods understand English, but will answer in their own language, in which the words for yes and no are “da” and “ja”, in some order. You do not know which word means which.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:00 PM

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I think this is where I would start. Still working on Q#2 and 3.
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#3 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:10 AM

Assuming if you ask a god a question they can't answer, they'll say nothing or something completely different that means, like, 'error'...
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:20 AM

Assuming if you ask a god a question they can't answer, they'll say nothing or something completely different that means, like, 'error'...

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One issue is that you don't which (da or ja) means yes and which means no.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:29 AM

How omniscient are the 3 Gods?

By this I mean
Can the three identify each other?
and
Can the truth and lying God reliably predict what the random God is going to say if asked?

Edit: can they reliably predict what the random God will say in future?
Is the random God capable of changing his mind one he has decided to go down the path of truth or the path of lies? i.e is is possible to ask him the same question twice and get different answers

Edited by phaze, 18 September 2012 - 01:34 AM.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:35 AM

Assuming if you ask a god a question they can't answer, they'll say nothing or something completely different that means, like, 'error'...

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Spoiler for I wonder...

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#7 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:09 AM

One issue is that you don't which (da or ja) means yes and which means no.


I meant whatever they answer will mean yes, since truth teller will truthfully answer 'yes' and liar would say 'no' to "is the sky blue", but he'd lie to this question and hence answer 'yes'.

Spoiler for I wonder...


If it's truly random, there is no way they can answer every question...but if you want to assume they pre-agreed and memorized the lie/truth pattern of the Random teller...

Spoiler for One person here who doesn't know...

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:26 AM

If it's truly random, there is no way they can answer every question...but if you want to assume they pre-agreed and memorized the lie/truth pattern of the Random teller...


I.e, alternatively...

Spoiler for Ask...

Edited by Yoruichi-san, 18 September 2012 - 05:30 AM.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:49 AM

Can we assume that they know what questions I am about to ask before I ask them?
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:56 AM

Spoiler for Q#1
I think this is where I would start. Still working on Q#2 and 3.


Not all will answer that way with certainty, just 2 of 3.
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