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Best Answer gavinksong, 09 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

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#1 BMAD

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 03:12 AM

There is a crowd of people in a room.  Each person is asked to select some other person in the room (without telling anyone).  At a signal, every person tries to approach the selected person and stand behind his/her back.  What patter would emerge when "the dust settles"?


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 02:27 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:32 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:07 PM

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:33 PM

 

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on the right track.  think of how stasis would look (the steady state).


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 05:08 AM

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:09 AM

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 02:06 PM

Spoiler for I get a different outcome than branch points if multiple people choose the same person to stand behind.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:09 PM

Spoiler for I get a different outcome than branch points if multiple people choose the same person to stand behind.


Yes, it's a different result then. I took the "directly behind" interpretation.
It also took a second to see "patter" meant "pattern"

I'm thinking there is further richness (or simplicity) in the solution,
my answer was in the manner of first thoughts.
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:40 PM

 

Spoiler for I get a different outcome than branch points if multiple people choose the same person to stand behind.


Yes, it's a different result then. I took the "directly behind" interpretation.
It also took a second to see "patter" meant "pattern"

I'm thinking there is further richness (or simplicity) in the solution,
my answer was in the manner of first thoughts.

 

Yes, the OP intended the individuals to move directly behind the person they identified.

 

The answer has been given by one of the participants here but i will hold off a little longer in siding with a particular answer to allow some additional thinking on the problem.


Edited by BMAD, 06 July 2013 - 08:41 PM.

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