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A Viral Dilemma

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: An article that discusses how, in effect, a virus is caught up in a version of the prisoners' dilemma, a widely studied game in which acting for individual advantage clashes with acting for the collective benefit. Game theorists devised the prisoners' dilemma about 50 years ago. The players are two prisoners, arrested for a joint crime, who are being interrogated in separate rooms. Several options are available to each prisoner...

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Game Theory, Medicine/Health

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