^{ Type post Author Robert J. Marks Date October 5, 2020 Categorized Mathematics, Natural Intelligence Tagged __featured, Bird intelligence, Ivan Pavlov, Marilyn vos Savant, Monty Hall, Monty Hall Problem, Monty Hall Problem analysis, Paul Erdős, Pigeons }

## Pigeons Can Solve the Monty Hall Problem. But Can You?

_{The dilemma pits human folk intuition against actual probability theory, with surprising results}

_{ Robert J. Marks October 5, 2020 Mathematics, Natural Intelligence }

Animals often outperform humans. My son’s dog is more friendly than I could ever be. Cheetahs run faster, baby horses walk earlier, and elephants can lift more. Birds fly and humans can’t. Is there anything else birds can do better than humans? Yes. Apparently, pigeons learn to solve the Monty Hall problem more quickly. Let’s Make a Deal was a television game show first hosted by Monty Hall (1921–2017) in 1963. There have been various remakes since then. The basic idea is that there are three doors and a contestant’s job is to barter with Monty for the most valuable prize behind the doors. The Monty Hall problem, loosely based on the quiz show, was popularized by Marilyn vos Savant…