Robert Hansen (RH) posted Mar 10, 2013 6:37 AM (GSC's remarks follow): > > I was looking for a strategy. Yes, post game analysis > is not the same thing, I am talking about all of the > steps prior to the "solution". This may be simply a > communication issue (or some other issue) between us. > I have never had a problem discussing "strategy" with > other problem solvers. > > Bob Hansen > You did indeed ask me for the 'strategy' I had used to tackle a little puzzle I had managed successfully to solve when I was 10 0r 11 years old (over half-a-century ago).
To my mind, such a hunt for 'strategy' does not represent a highly productive or even meaningful approach to enlightenment of any kind on the issue.
Nevertheless, I did try in the following to respond to your demand for a 'strategy':
The above notes on 'strategy' are apart from the actual solution of the '12-coin problem' which I had provided at: - -- http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=8575196 (Due to severe pressures on my time, I had not written up the complete solution; but what I did provide was ample to show the way).
I really do not believe I can do much better in providing you with information about any 'strategy' I might have employed over 50 years ago to solve that particular problem.
I do know a fair bit about developing 'strategy' in problem situations: in fact, my OPMS could well be described as a practical tool to help stakeholders in complex issues develop effective strategies to arrive at resolution of their problems. But I'm sorry I am unable to meet your high standards in discussing 'strategy'.