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The Prisoners' Dilemma

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Author:F. Heylighen, Principia Cybernetica Web
Description: Cooperation in game theory: the principle of suboptimization. A game that has been and continues to be studied by people in a variety of disciplines, ranging from biology through sociology and public policy. It is a "non-zero-sum" game: the best strategy for a given player is often one that increases the payoff to one's partner as well. It has also been shown that there is no single "best" strategy: how to maximize one's own payoff depends on the strategy adopted by one's partner.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Problems/Puzzles
Math Topics: Game Theory, Optimization, Psychology

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