Prisoner's dilemma

Previously we wrote about mathematical "puzzle" originating from a TV game (see the description of the Monty Hall problem). This time we shall consider the opposite case - the mathematical "game" used as a base for a TV game. Watch a fragment of the "Golden Balls" final stage called "Split or steal".

The game is very simple, yet it possesses no correct solution or optimal strategy. Interestingly enough it can also be used as model for understanding social behavior of humans [1].


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