Dart calculations

Dart calculations

Over the last few years, I've been playing darts in a local league at Eammon's in Loudonville, New York. I keep hearing different people give different advice (usually to beginners) on where to aim on the board. I thought, being a good scientist and all, I should check these bits of advice, using some simple statistical calculations.

So, with my trusty Numerical Recipes random number generators, and IDL to make my plots, off I set to answer the great questions of bad dart throwing. So far, I've looked at where to throw in an X01 game to maximize score, depending on ability, whether or not it helps to aim slightly off the board when doubling out, and where to aim in a cricket game to maximize score.

I realize that these calculations are somewhat incomplete without a discussion of the standard deviation as well as the average, and I'll be getting to that as soon as possible. Well, as soon as convenient. Well, soon, maybe.

If you have suggestions for other dart myths to confirm or deny, let me know. I think my next attempt will be to judge the effect of "walking in" your darts throws to the board when doubling out.

If you are interested in other fun Monte Carlo calculations, check out my Magic page.

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