Buying and Selling Game Contest 12 Results

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Hi Everyone,

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Welcome to the ‘Buying and Selling Game’ Contest 12 results post. This post contains a video of the ‘Buying and Selling Game’ Excel Model generating the selling prices for each candy from each planet.

Winner determined in this video

What is the Buying and Selling Game?


For the benefit of those who have not entered this contest, here is a brief explanation of how the game works.

Participants are required to buy goods with an allocated amount of money. They are given a choice of 6 goods and all these goods are available in any of the 5 towns, cities or planets in the game. The buying prices of all goods are provided in the question.

The participants are then required to sell all of their goods on a future date. The selling prices for all goods in all towns, cities or planets are not provided. Instead, the question provides a triangle distribution for the selling price of each good in each town, city or planet. For the triangle distribution, the minimum, maximum, and mode values are provided.

The participant that has the most money after selling all his or her goods is the winner.

Responses to the contest are made in the comments section of the post. If several participants make the same amount of money, the person who entered (commented) first will win. The format of the required entry is explained in detail in the contest itself.

For a more detailed explanation, you can access the contest post using the following link.

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Results of the contest


Table 1 contains the selling prices generated by the ‘Buying and Selling’ Game model for each candy on each planet.

Table 1: Selling prices of all candies on all planets

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Table 2 contains responses and the profit made by each participant.

Table 2: Participant responses and profit

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Congratulations to @jizzyjoe for winning Contest 12 of the 'Buying and Selling’ Game.

On Meeter, he bought 952 mints at $1.05 each. He paid total of $999.60.

On morganma, he sold the 952 mints at $1.519 each. He received a total of $1446.88. Therefore, he made a profit of $446 (1446.88 – 999.60).

Highest possible profit


@jizzyjoe’s strategy also produced the highest possible profit for this week’s game. By obtaining the highest possible profit, @jizzyjoe has been awarded an additional 5 Hive. This brings his winnings to 35 Hive.

Table 3: Lowest buying price and highest selling price

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I would also like to thank @razielmorales, @jeffersom, @sinahit, and @praticaleric for participating.

Tips for future games

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To achieve the best chance of winning the game (i.e. earning the highest profit). Participants need to make the best use of the information they are given. The participant should buy from the place that sells the good at the lowest price and sell at the place that will offer the highest price.

To inform the decision further, participants should also consider the mean and median prices for each good in each place. The mean and median for a triangle distribution can be calculated using the following formulae.

Mean = (Minimum + Maximum + Mode)/3

Median when Mode ≥ (maximum – minimum)/2 (i.e. mode closer to maximum)
Minimum + (((maximum – minimum) × (mode – minimum))/2)0.5

Median when Mode ≤ (maximum – minimum)/2 (i.e. mode closer to minimum)
Maximum - (((maximum – minimum) × (maximum – mode))/2)0.5

Proof Median

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O MY GOD!!, I never expected it. I'm so so happy, thanks for this amazing contest

No problem, well done for putting in such a good entry.

Hello friend, thanks for mentioning me, I love the dynamics of your contest and of course I love participating. I will try next time.

That's awesome. I will have another contest in November.

Congratulations to @jizzyjoe and thank you to @spectrumecons for the contest yet again. As always I enjoyed participating :}

Thanks a lot

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