Analysis of The Toilet Seat Problem

A Game Theoretic Approach to the Toilet Seat Problem must be the best analysis of the problem I have ever seen.

This article shows an in depth approach complete with probability calculations and cost measures. The verdict:

In the morning John leaves the seat up after performing #1.
In the evening he puts it down.

This rule may not be precise but it is simple and approximately equitable; moreover the use of a definite rule sets expectations. The seat is put down in the evening to avoid the notorious “middle of the night surprise”.

I still think the best approach is “look before you sit down”. I have no clue how can women find this methodology so difficult to implement.


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