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jackliffo November 19th, 2017 1:28am

Recently, a Harvard math student showed that if given to option to shoot someone or to not shoot someone, mathematically it is better to shoot them. Knowing this, if given the option would you shoot them or not shoot them?

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44YY Boston, MA
11/18/17 11:10 pm

Looks like I don’t have enough money to pay my tab at the bar. Better shoot the barkeep

mpurple oh no. trump won.
11/18/17 9:44 pm

You’re a Harvard student? Interesting

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jackliffo
11/18/17 8:54 pm

We looked at multiple scenarios. And to answer your question in half the scenarios the other person did have a weapon.

Alcerus fascist
11/18/17 7:38 pm

It depends on the situation? Like I'm not just gonna go run around shooting people because it's the right choice mathematically.

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jackliffo
11/18/17 9:00 pm

Actually you'd be surprised, in about 73% of the scenarios we came up with, shooting was the better option. In case you aren't good with math, that almost 3/4 of the scenarios.

Alcerus fascist
11/18/17 9:27 pm

What scenarios exactly? All I can picture is myself in situations I find myself in every day. Obviously I don't discharge my weapon in 3/4 situations, so what are we talking about here?

jackliffo
11/19/17 8:45 am

Situations involving self defense and others that don't. Others were it's like the rail car paradox where shooting the person will save six other people and a multitude of other scenarios.

jackliffo
11/19/17 8:47 am

Sorry for the unnecessary it's.

jackliffo
11/19/17 8:48 am

Reread my sentence the it's is not unnecessary. Oops.

Alcerus fascist
11/19/17 9:21 am

Okay I've done these "Men in Black" type pistol ranges where we have to decide whether to shoot or not. Those are fun. I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but yeah

Roxy01 Metrowest MA
11/18/17 7:05 pm

I don't understand what this means... why would this be mathematical?

jackliffo
11/18/17 8:51 pm

It is if you apply decision theory, risk analysis, operations research, and metagame analysis.

jackliffo
11/18/17 8:43 pm

Well, the Harvard student was actually me and a colleague of mine, the paper isn't out yet but it will be by the end of December.

lj74
11/19/17 9:45 am

Hmmmm. Little early for a survey if you can’t provide substantiating details. On the surface your hypothesis doesn’t seem to make sense

jackliffo
11/19/17 10:00 am

Do you want me to provide substantiating details? Because I could, but it would take me much more than 1,000 characters.

lj74
11/19/17 10:36 am

No. Wait for the paper and create a link.

lj74
11/19/17 10:37 am

Have you ever shot someone?

jackliffo
11/19/17 10:49 am

No, But if the scenario was right, I would.