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The Hat Problem and Some Variations

  • Wenge Guo
  • Subramanyam Kasala
  • M. Bhaskara Rao
  • Brian Tucker
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Abstract

The hat problem arose in the context of computational complexity. It started as a puzzle, but the problem has been found to have connections with coding theory and has reached the research frontier of mathematics, statistics and computer science. In this article, some variations of the hat problem are presented along with their solutions. An application is indicated.

Keywords and phrases

Computational complexity optimization strategy winning probability 

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© Birkhäuser Boston 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenge Guo
    • 1
  • Subramanyam Kasala
    • 2
  • M. Bhaskara Rao
    • 1
  • Brian Tucker
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaWilmingtonUSA
  3. 3.Pracs InstituteFargoUSA

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