In the game Poison, two players take turns taking one or two objects from a pile. They have to be careful, because the last object is poison-whoever takes it loses the game! During this talk we will play the game Poison. Using techniques from game theory, we will analyze Poison and find a winning strategy. We will finish by creating a human computer to learn how we can use adaptive learning to help us analyze Poison and other games.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Ruffner 354, 4 p.m.

Jacquie Rische grew up in Southern California. She attended Whittier College, a small liberal arts college near Los Angeles, and then went on to earn a PhD from University of California, Irvine. Her research looks at mathematical modeling of language learning. Inspired by her professors at Whittier, Jacquie knew that she wanted to teach at a liberal arts college. She spent three years as a visiting assistant professor in upstate NY before moving to Arlington, VA last summer to teach at Marymount University. In her free time she enjoys cross stitching and hanging out with her cat, Maurice.

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