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Subject:   RE: Traffic Jam: articulating rules
Author: SteveW
Date: Aug 3 2004
Here are some rough notes taken during our group discussion:

1. Could you develop a set of rules or instructions (if you were a traffic cop)
to efficiently guide the people to exchange positions. What simple set of rules
could you use to direct the traffic?

 Favorite formulations for Traffic Cop directions:

1. Jump in the same direction, if possible.
2. If not possible, move from the farthest spot out toward the center.
(This does not apply to the first move.)

 Revised:
1. Jump in the same direction, if possible.
2. If not possible, move the one farthest from their goal.

 Additional rule after discussion:
3. Pieces can only move forward.
1. Move every piece that you can on one side without moving two of the same
color together until you get to the final state.
2. Alternate.


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