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Hats revisited (Posted on 2013-12-19) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Three people are trying to win the following game as a team:

Each of them is put on a hat of either red or blue. Assume an equal chance of getting a red or a blue hat, separately for each participants.
Each one can only see the other people's hats, but not his own.
He has to guess the color of his own hat by writing down either "Red", "Blue", or "Don't know".
After all three people submit in writing their guesses, they would jointly win if:

1. At least one of them guessed right,
and
2. None of them guessed wrong .

Note:
"Guessed right" is defined as guessing a color that is the color of the hat.
"Guessed wrong" is defined as guessing a color that is NOT the color of the hat.
It's neither "right" nor "wrong" if "don't know" is submitted as an answer.

Those three people can establish a joint strategy before the hats are put on their heads.
After the hats are on, they can neither communicate to each other nor see other guesses.

What strategy would give them the best chance of winning and what's the probability of winning under that strategy?

Source: Allegedly posted in the elevator of UC Berkeley Math department.

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Some Thoughts re(4): Logicians don't discuss strategy (spoiler?), but | Comment 5 of 6 |
(In reply to re(3): Logicians don't discuss strategy (spoiler?), but by Ady TZIDON)

Not sure what you had in mind as your solution, but there is a practically infinite number of ways to ensure 100% success if we allow for some kind of signalling as Steve suggests. 

I'd be interested to see if anyone thinks you can do better than 75% without any form of communication. 


  Posted by tomarken on 2014-02-28 11:04:14
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