Grouping Games easier than Linear Games

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Grouping Games easier than Linear Games

Postby Underdog180 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:18 pm

Is it weird that I find grouping games easier than linear games?

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Re: Grouping Games easier than Linear Games

Postby Pleasye » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:56 pm

Nope. That was kind of my experience with logic games when I was studying for the LSAT.


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Re: Grouping Games easier than Linear Games

Postby barnum » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:13 pm

Actually it shouldn't be that weird. Most people feel like linear games should be easier because it seems like they are more straightforward, but mathematically, far more possibilities exist with a sequencing game than a grouping game.

For example, before any rules are presented, in a sequencing game where you have to place 7 variables into 7 positions with one variable per position, there are 5040 different ways you can place those 7 variables.

But in a two group game with 8 variables with no presumptions about how many variables even need to go in each group, there are only 256 ways to do it. If you knew it had to be 4 people per group there would be only 70 possibilities.

Obviously in both cases the introduction of rules starts to bring these numbers way down, but since grouping games start off with far fewer, the also generally end with fewer actual possibilities before you start working on the questions.

This all ultimately means that in grouping games, previous work is that much more likely to be usable. It also means that if you have to draw out multiple scenarios for a question, there are fewer things to try on a grouping game.

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