• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Voting Prisoners Dilemma

    October 21st, 2012
      [html]
    On election day you find yourself talking to a supporter of the Purple Party. As a member of the Pink Party you find the Purple candidate reprehensible, and you would be quite upset if they won, but of course the Purple supporter feels the opposite way. Neither of you have voted yet, and voting is kind of annyoing, so you'd rather not do it. You propose that instead of voting you both stay home, and they accept. But should you actually stay home?

    The payoffs are:

    You Vote You Stay Home
    They Vote You each have the hassle of voting, your candidates relative rankings are unchanged. They have the hassle of voting, their candiate goes up by one.
    They Stay Home You have the hassle of voting, your candiate goes up by one Both get to not vote, rankings are unchanged.

    I'm not actually interested in how people would answer this; I like it as an alternate statement of the Prisoner's dilemma. Voting is 'defecting', staying home is 'cooperating'.

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    Some reasons to work on productivity and velocity

    A common topic of discussion among my close friends is where the bottlenecks are in our productivity and how we can execute more quickly. This is very different from what I see in my extended social circles, where people commonly say that velocity doesn…

    via Posts on Dan Luu October 15, 2021

    EDT with updating double counts

    I recently got confused thinking about the following case: Calculator bet: I am offered the opportunity to bet on a mathematical statement X to which I initially assign 50% probability (perhaps X = 139926 is a quadratic residue modulo 314159). I have acce…

    via The sideways view October 12, 2021

    Meditations on newborns

    [Content: death.]I wrote most of this a couple of months ago when Nora was a newborn, but the first few months are not that conducive to finishing blog posts. New babies put you into a liminal period, both in your own experience and in how others treat yo…

    via The whole sky October 3, 2021

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact