Lancaster’s Laws and Attrition Modelling

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Consider of problem of two armies facing each other of a field of battle. One army is larger, but the other army is better armed. Once battle is joined, the two sides wear each other down until one is completely destroyed, or more likely, until one has suffered so many casualties it can no longer hold the field, and so retreats in defeat. There is a mathematical way to describe this sort of battle, a battle of attrition.

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