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....
Feb 7, 2015
Playing against a mixed strategy in class
This post if very late but I have been very busy with some really exciting things. I will describe some of the data gathered in class when we played against a random strategy played by a computer. I have recently helped organise a conference in Namibia teaching Python. It was a tremendous experience and I will write a post about that soon....
Jan 29, 2015
Recreating golden balls in class
Here is a blog post that mirrors this post from last year. I will describe the attempt at playing Golden Balls in class....