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08062007  #1 
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Tictactoe probability?
confusedhttp://www.btinternet.com/~se16/hgb/tictactoe.htmthis website supplies all the answers I need but I don't understand them! can someone please help me?thanks (:i dont understand the formula"Slightly harder:there are again 8 lines of three squares, and it doesn't matter in which order the three Os were placed, and the three Xs could have gone into three of the other six squares in any order (providing that the Xs are not three in a row). Ignoring the bracketed phrase, this gives us 8*3!*6*5*4 = 5760 possibilities. To take account of the bracket, we need to exclude cases where there are three Os in a row and three Xs in a row: none of them can be a diagonal, and if a particular row is taken, there are only two other possible rows, so we need to exclude 6*3!*2*3! = 432 cases. So we are looking at 5760432 = 5328 possibilities for games ending in a win on the sixth move."Why is the formula so? How did he know what to multiply with?

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Hmm...Im confused too....

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