Title

Dumb Bugs and Bright Noncooperative Players: Games, Context and Behavior

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

2-1-1995

CFDP Number

1094

CFDP Pages

31

Abstract

Consider a repeated bimatrix game. We define “bugs” as players whose “strategy” is to react myopically to whatever the opponent did on the previous iteration. We believe that in some contexts this is a more realistic model of behavior than the standard “supremely rational” noncooperative game player. We consider possible outcome paths that can occur as the result of bugs playing a game. We also compare how bugs fare over a suitable “universe of games,” as compared with standard “Nash” players and “maximin” players.

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