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Problem 4

Your own scenario

Due: January 19
Points: 2

Come up with a scenario from "real life" - other than the airplane terrorists example from class - in which a randomized strategy will work better than any deterministic strategy. Your scenario must be fundamentally distinct from mine, not just a different "story" with the same thing underneath.

By "better", I mean more efficient. So by using randomization, you should be able to do something faster or easier or with fewer resources (on average) than would otherwise be possible.

You need to convince me that the randomized approach will be superior. This doesn't need to be a formal argument, but you should explain why using randomization will be better than any deterministic way of solving the problem.