Bonus-Focused Yatzy : A comparison between an optimal strategy and a bonus-focusedstrategy

University essay from KTH/Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation (CSC)

Author: Darja Hashemi Demneh; [2015]

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Abstract: Yatzy is the Scandinavian version of Yahtzee, a popular dice game known worldwide. This report compares the effectiveness between two strategies used when playing Yatzy in real life, an optimal strategy and a bonus-focused strategy. To evaluate this problem and determine which performs better or if they are somewhat equivalent, a Java program was constructed with the purpose of simulating 100 000 rounds of Yatzy following a bonus-focused strategy and the expected values was compared. As the results will show, this study proves that a bonus-focused strategy should be preferred over an optimal one (now debunked, as proven in section 5) since the average score is greater, 215,70 compared to 189,80.

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