Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pirate Ship Treasure Splitting

A pirate ship captures a treasure of 1000 golden coins. The treasure has to be split among the 5 pirates: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in order of rank. The pirates have the following important characteristics:

  • Infinitely smart.
  • Bloodthirsty.
  • Greedy.

Starting with pirate 5 they can make a proposal how to split up the treasure. This proposal can either be accepted or the pirate is thrown overboard. A proposal is accepted if and only if a majority of the pirates agrees on it.

What proposal should pirate 5 make?


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