SNAKES_HISTOGRAM
Histograms of Snakes and Ladders Game Length Statistics


SNAKES_HISTOGRAM, a MATLAB library which produces histograms of the count, PDF and CDF estimates for the length of a one-player game of Snakes and Ladders, produced by simulating N games.

Snakes and Ladders is a children's game played on a 10x10 numbered board. A player's turn consists of rolling a single die, and moving the indicated number of squares. If the final square is the foot of a ladder, the player moves up to a higher numbered square. If the final square is the mouth of a snake, the player moves downward.

For the one-player version of the game, it is interesting to pose the question of the probability that a particular game will take a certain number of moves.

By adding a square 0, where the player begins, the game board can be modeled as a vector of length 101, and the transitions from one square to another can be modeled by a transition matrix. Most commonly, the entries in row I will be zero except that columns I+1 through I+6 will have the value 1/6. However, rows which correspond to a snake or ladder, and rows for which I+6 is greater than 100, must be handled specially.

This program allows the user to specify the number N of games to simulate. It then creates histograms showing the count, PDF and CDF based on the observed data.

Licensing:

The computer code and data files made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

Languages:

SNAKES_HISTOGRAM is available in a MATLAB version.

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Reference:

  1. Steve Althoen, Larry King, Kenneth Schilling,
    How long is a game of Snakes and Ladders?,
    The Mathematical Gazette,
    Volume 77, Number 478, March 1993, pages 71-76.
  2. Nick Berry,
    A Mathematical Analysis of Snakes and Ladders,
    http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/november12011/index.html

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Last modified on 17 July 2016.