Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Heart of Dartness: "Darts is a popular game, played both in the pub and at a professional level. Yet most players aim for the highest scoring region of the board (triple 20), regardless of their skill level. It turns out that this is not always the optimal strategy! We describe a method for a player to obtain a customized heatmap of the dartboard. In this heatmap, the bright regions correspond to aiming locations which yield high (expected) scores. We also investigate alternate arrangements of the numbers 1 through 20, in an attempt to make scoring more difficult."