Prisoner's Dilemma - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics

Richard Powers
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Two men are caught committing an illegal act. If neither one confesses, there is enough evidence to ensure that each man will get one year in jail. If both confess, each one gets five years in jail. However, if one confesses and the other does not, the man who does not confess gets ten years in jail but the confessor who incriminates his partner gets off free. This is a special case of the normal form game illustrated in matrix form in Figure 1.

The normal form specifies a strategy set for each player and a payoff for each player as a function of the choice of strategy by each player. In this matrix player 1, the row player, chooses a row, and player 2, the column player, chooses a column. In general the Prisoner's Dilemma requires that T > R > P &#x...

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