Mar 8, 2015
Playing an infinitely repeated game in class
Following the iterated Prisoner’s dilemma tournament my class I and I played last week we went on to play a version of the game where we repeated things infinitely many times. This post will briefly describe what we got up to....
Feb 26, 2015
This class teaches me to not trust my classmates: An iterated prisoners dilemma in class
On Monday, in class we played an iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournament. I have done this many times (both in outreach events with Paul Harper and in this class). This is always a lot of fun but none more so than last year when Paul’s son Thomas joined us. You can read about that one here....
Feb 20, 2015
An iterated prisoners dilemma on github
In the 1980s Axelrod ran a computer tournament inviting people to contribute code that specified strategies in an iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournament. I have just finished putting the final pieces on a Python repository on github (github.com/drvinceknight/Axelrod) to carry out the same tournament and would be delighted for people to contribute strategies via pull request (or indeed via any way possible: just get in touch). In this post I’ll describe the process of adding a strategy to the repository (the first 3 minutes of a video at the end of this post show you exactly what you are required to do)....
Feb 15, 2015
On the worst play in superbowl history
In my last game theory class I gave students the choice between starting to rigorously look at extensive form games or to look at the last play of this years superbowl. No one objected to looking at the superbowl play (which has been called ‘the worst play in superbowl history’) as an opportunity to go over all the normal form game theory we have seen so far....
Feb 13, 2015
Rock paper scissors lizard spock tournament
At the beginning of the week we played had one of my favourite class activity for my game theory class: the rock paper scissors lizard tournament :) In this post I will briefly go over some of the results....