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Allen Varney
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Writer and game designer based for many years in Austin, Texas; currently in Ithaca, New York.
Writer and game designer based for many years in Austin, Texas; currently in Ithaca, New York.

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Optimal Bayesian strategy for winning the children's card game Guess Who? (original version). "From left to right, we ask a question, and, depending on the answer, we then ask the question to its right. The number in the last column is the number of questions needed for each character to be guessed." (Chalkdust, May 2016):

http://chalkdustmagazine.com/blog/cracking-guess-board-game/

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"There are good reasons why DeepMind did not release more games from the self-play by the most recent version of AlphaGo ( https://deepmind.com/research/alphago/alphago-vs-alphago-self-play-games/ ) earlier. It would have been a too-early reveal, leading to decreased interest in any future matches, like a spoiler for the ending of a movie when you’re in the middle of watching it.

"When looking at the set of games AlphaGo has released, now, in the context of the previous games against human players, it’s obvious AlphaGo is much stronger than the best human players today. [...] Having seen the first set of games, my guess is that AlphaGo would not lose a single game in 1,000 against any of the best human players today." (Carl Johan Ragnarsson, Medium):

https://medium.com/@carljohanragnarsson/lessons-from-alphago-storytelling-bias-and-program-management-7c65f9d91305

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Back room of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. (Petapixel):

https://petapixel.com/2016/04/08/experts-pose-massive-smithsonian-specimen-collections-work/

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Criminal investigator Seth Abramson manages expectations regarding the forthcoming years-long investigation and eventual impeachment. (Twitter Moments):

https://twitter.com/i/moments/867177717921452032

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Medieval fantasy city generator (Watabou):
https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator

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What it's like to be struck by lightning (Digg):
http://digg.com/2017/what-its-like-struck-by-lightning

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