Jack Bauer knows game theory

Written by Barry Hughes Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:13
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You are undercover and about to make a breakthrough with a mob boss. But your partner, not knowing your mission, tries to save you and gets captured.


The boss suspects you might be working with the authorities.


He asks you to prove your allegiance. He gives you a gun and requests you shoot your partner. If you don’t fire, you will surely be caught.


Do you do it?


Why or why not?


Use game theory reasoning to figure it out.


This is just one of 70 fascinating problems in a new book, Math puzzles: classic riddles in counting, geometry, probability, and game theory, by Presh Talwalkar. 


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