Complex Systems

Confirmation in Experimental Mathematics: A Case Study Download PDF

William G. Faris
Robert S. Maier
Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ 85721, USA


On the basis of experiment, two groups arrived independently at similar conjectures on the nature of optimal strategies employed in large random games. The first conjecture was made by Kuhn and Quandt in 1963; the second was made by the present authors in 1987. In traditional mathematics such duplication is superfluous. In experimental mathematics it may provide mutual confirmation.