For Russia, Ventspils off the radar screen

  • 2003-08-28
  • Igor Semenenko
MOSCOW - The classic example of game theory is the prisoner's dilemma, a situation inwhich two criminals arrested for the same crime await their fate. The policeisolate them and offer each a deal: provide evidence against your cohort,and your sentence will be reduced.Therein lies the dilemma: do you betray your friend and talk, hoping that hetoo keeps mum so that you can both walk free, or worry yourself sick that hewill betray you first?Game theory shows that the best scenario for each prisoner is to cooperateand to keep his mouth shut. Put in broader terms, it is best not to pursueindivid...
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