How smart do you think your classmates think your classmates think your classmates think your classmates are
Here are the results of the numbers game we played in class. You were asked to guess a number between 0 and 100. The winner would be the person who guessed closest to two thirds of the average of everyone in the class. Here is a histogram of the guesses.
There was a single guess of 20, which was the eventual winner. There was also one of 20.333 but that was a smidgin off…
Congratulations to class rep Nic, who clearly had the best handle on the class!
See the history of this game here.
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I'm a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in the department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. I teach mathematics both at undergraduate and at honours levels and my research interests lie in the intersection of applied mathematics and many other areas of science, from biology and neuroscience to fundamental particle physics and psychology.
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