Here is a Strategy To Win At Rock-Paper-Scissors

Rock-Paper-ScissorsThe old game of stone-paper-scissors has led to so many decisions in my life! The game is as old as the Han Chinese dynasty around 220 BC. C., and is usually used as a tiebreaker and in the case of inability to reach a decision more logically.

But new research suggests that the game may not be as random as we have thought. Scientists at Zhejiang University in China have carried out a revealing study on the mathematical logic behind the game of stone-paper-scissors.

In a large-scale laboratory experiment, scientists observed decision-making patterns of the 360 students divided into six groups. The study threw a microscopic model for the win-lose-tie conditional response, and players were even paid to win the game just to make sure they were playing seriously.

The study concluded an interesting phenomenon of positive reinforcement since the player tended to repeat his previous play if he won for it, while the loser happened to play a different hand that led to a “persistent cyclical movement.”

This persistent cyclical movement is defined in the paper as an example,

“Players A and B both begin a round going by a random hand.If player A uses rock and B use paper, A is the loser.When playing in a second round, A can assume that B will use paper again and intuitively Go to scissors in order to win what makes player B the loser.play again for a third round, player A can assume that B will use the following strategy in the cycle – scissors – and A then use the Rock and win the game again.

Mathematically, choosing any move gives you 1/3 chance of winning because you can win, lose, or draw. But the repeated cycle explained above, also known as the Nash equilibrium, is based on the tendency of the human being to continue repeating or following a winning technique despite the clear evidence that correlation is not the explanation of causality.
This phenomenon can be seen in wearing the “lucky” hat for your team’s football match to make them win and think that uttering a certain way of prayer will help you achieve something, etc. just because it happened that a random time. This is also known as classical conditioning in the psychology of the world. Chinese scientists believe this is the natural instinct of the brain, but say they require more research and experiments to confirm this.

Rock-Paper-Social Scissors cycling game and conditional responses were published in Nature Research Journal.

The old game of stone-paper-scissors has led to so many decisions in my life! The game is as old as the Han Chinese dynasty around 220 BC. C., and is usually used as a tiebreaker and in case of inability to reach a decision more logically.

But new research suggests that the game may not be as random as we have thought. Scientists at Zhejiang University in China have carried out a revealing study on the mathematical logic behind the game of stone-paper-scissors.

In a large-scale laboratory experiment, scientists observed decision-making patterns of the 360 students divided into six groups. The study threw a microscopic model for the win-lose-tie conditional response, and players were even paid to win the game just to make sure they were playing seriously.

The study concluded an interesting phenomenon of positive reinforcement, since the player tended to repeat his previous play if he won for it, while the loser happened to play a different hand that led to a “persistent cyclical movement.”
This persistent cyclical movement is defined in the paper with an example,

“Players A and B both begin a round going by a random hand.If player A uses rock and B uses paper, A is the loser.When playing in a second round, A can assume that B will use paper again and intuitively Go to scissors in order to win what makes player B the loser.play again for a third round, player A can assume that B will use the following strategy in the cycle – scissors – and A then use the Rock and win the game again.

Mathematically, choosing any move gives you 1/3 chance of winning because you can win, lose, or draw. But the repeated cycle explained above, also known as the Nash equilibrium, is based on the tendency of the human being to continue repeating or following a winning technique despite the clear evidence that correlation is not the explanation of causality.
This phenomenon can be seen in wearing the “lucky” hat for your team’s football match to make them win and think that uttering a certain way of prayer will help you achieve something, etc. just because it happened that a random time. This is also known as classical conditioning in the psychology of the world. Chinese scientists believe this is the natural instinct of the brain, but say they require more research and experiments to confirm this.

Rock-Paper-Social Scissors cycling game and conditional responses was published in Nature Research Journal.

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