With three random options, Rock Papers Scissor should be a game of chance, but we all know that’s not true. Because if that was true there would be a lot more ties. But clever players turn it into a strategic test of their social engineering skills, reading other players and learning to predict their moves. Not so clever players tend to just throw down rock as often as possible, presumably because they like making a fist. If you happen to be the latter, you might benefit from playing Rock Paper Scissors against the computer. The program featured on NYTimes.com by Gabriel Dance and Tom Jackson learns how to beat you by analyzing your patterns and making educated guesses. If at any time you become frustrated and want to learn why you’re losing so much you can see what the computer is thinking. Thanks to this clever computer I learned that I always throw scissors after rock—a pattern that my big brother picked up on years ago without me realizing.

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