|Subject:||wrong statement on mastermind page|
|Date:||Tue, 23 Oct 2001 23:04:56 +0200|
thank you for your superb mastermind page. there you state that with the strategy of consistent guesses one needs in the worst case 7 guesses. SLIGHTLY underestimated i would say. here is a sequence of 10 consistent guesses:
the number to the right is the number of consistent guesses one could make at that stage. my computer found 2-10 after about 10,000,000 random games. i added the 5555 with a slight grin on my lips. i wouldn't bet that there is no sequence with 11. in fact it would be an interesting task to show that there is none above a certain number. in some way you are right that 7 is the worst case: because the higher ones become "better" again!
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