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Win-Stay-Lose-Shift as a self-confirming equilibrium in the iterated prisoner's dilemma

Citation

Baek, Seung Ki; Kim, Minjae; Choi, Jung-Kyoo (2021), Win-Stay-Lose-Shift as a self-confirming equilibrium in the iterated prisoner's dilemma, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.n02v6wwwz

Abstract

Evolutionary game theory assumes that players replicate a highly scored player's strategy through genetic inheritance. However, when learning occurs culturally, it is often difficult to recognize someone's strategy just by observing the behaviour. In this work, we consider players with memory-one stochastic strategies in the iterated prisoner's dilemma, with an assumption that they cannot directly access each other's strategy but only observe the actual moves for a certain number of rounds. Based on the observation, the observer has to infer the resident strategy in a Bayesian way and chooses his or her own strategy accordingly. By examining the best-response relations, we argue that players can escape from full defection into a cooperative equilibrium supported by Win-Stay-Lose-Shift in a self-confirming manner, provided that the cost of cooperation is low and the observational learning supplies sufficiently large uncertainty. 

Funding

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2020R1A6A3A13075972

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2020R1I1A2071670