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BEST Way To Play Memory (Card Game) - WIN Using Math


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Categories: Statistics & Probability   |   Math  
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The card game of memory (aka concentration) is a children's game to test visual recall. Strategically you can figure out the best move by doing probability calculations. This video explains the best possible way to play the game mathematically. You can learn whether you want to go first or second and then how to play at each step of the game.

Fun trivia: the cards in the video come from my childhood set of the Memory game.

Blog post (text summary):

U. Zwick and M. S. Paterson, The memory game. Theoretical Computer Science, 110 (1993):169-196

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I read about the 3 pairs, 1 known example from the chapter on Memory in the book "Luck, Logic, and White Lies: The Mathematics of Games" by Jorg Bewersdorff.

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