Re: virus: Altruism, Empathy, the Superorganism, and the Prisoner's Dillema

Martz (
Sat, 19 Apr 1997 11:45:38 +0100

On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Tim Rhodes <> wrote:

>Sure, I know (following the analogy)
>drawing to an inside straight is a long shot. But I don't know /how/ long
>and I'm not going to go to Vegas and bet my life savings on guesses. Are
>there any odds makers in the group? Or anyone with ideas how to arrive at
>some usable odds?

The odds of drawing to an inside straight are 2:47, assuming it's not a
bottom or a top straight in which case they drop to 1:47 and assuming
I've interpreted inside straight correctly (sequential numbers, same
suit?). The odds of increasing the value of your hand from a pair are
about 1:15 (I think. I've not woken up properly yet).


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