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# Divide the cake three ways fairly

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### #1 bonanova

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 01:05 AM

Two persons can fairly divide a piece of cake if one person cuts it, and the other person chooses which piece to take.
Suppose there are three persons who want to fairly divide the cake?
Suppose there are N persons?
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### #2 Writersblock

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 01:39 AM

I don't think this is true for N eaters. After about 5 or 6 I'd be grossed out by the little cuts and bits of cake everywhere and just pass on the whole thing.
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### #3 Ploper

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:42 PM

but what if you have like, a really BIG cake.
Then there wouldn't be very small pieces of cake.
I think people would rather have slightly uneven slices of cake than to have to cut cake for the next three hours though.
But that's just one opinion
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### #4 bonanova

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 05:09 AM

but what if you have like, a really BIG cake.

And, I assume, a large number of people among whom to divide.
Seems a fair point to consider.
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### #5 Ploper

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 11:48 PM

sounds good to me.
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