DC. Psychology Matters

The ‘expected’ answer is not always the one people choose: Dennis Shasha explains that psychology plays a role in the answer to last week’s puzzle.


  1. Jesse said,

    January 31, 2008 at 8:41 am

    http://slashdot.org/pollBooth.pl?qid=1518 has a poll which asks “How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You?” and provides a set of percentage ranges as options. You can use game theory and psychology to try and guess, then vote and see how you did. The comments are interesting, too.

  2. strauss said,

    February 4, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    This is a strange and fascinating experiment. I selected 1-25% on the theory that there are 8 choices and who knows what crazy rationales people would apply for making their choices. I won’t spoil things for you by saying what selections are right.

    The comments there really are very interesting, I agree.

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