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Shot Selection Tactics in the Basketball Game HORSE and a Match between Mitchel Robinson and Brad Wanamaker

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Abstract: The game of HORSE is a highly competitive contest that displays an unexpected complexity due to the probabilistic, recursive chain of events that make up a match. In this paper, the shot selection tactics used in the game of HORSE are modeled and their effect on the outcome of the match is explored. Parameters used for this modeling are identified and their effects are quantified. Competing effects are discovered for the difference between the outcome of a single shot trial and the result of full game. The shot selection tactics are optimization over both these parameters and their competing effects. A simulated HORSE tournament between the leading NBA free throw shooter and the NBA player with the highest shooting percentage from the field is presented to illustrate these points. In conclusion, the shot selection tactics that optimize these competing effects and provide the best opportunity for victory are presented

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