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Seth Shepherd
Artist | Student | Photography
United States
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Alright, every now and then, I come across a topic that deals with mathematics directly or is popular in the field in either a small or large way. When ever I do, I'll post it here. Last time, I talked about a little about the Riemann Hypothesis. This time, I'm gonna talk about Game Theory. You can read more about the specifics on Wolfram, but it's a branch of math that analyzes strategies for finding the best outcome(s) for a situation.

In this branch, there is something called the "Prisoner's Dilemma" which is one of the most popular topics in Game Theory. Try to imagine two people that were just arrested for bank robbing. They are currently in custody and isolated from one another. The detective in charge doesn't have enough evidence to proof their guilt and needs a confession, so he offers both a deal (the same deal). One prisoner at a time, the detective will present the deal. S/he says that they can either stay silent or turn the other prisoner in. If both Prisoner A and Prisoner B stay silent, then they will have to spend 1 year in jail. If Prisoner A turns on Prisoner B while Prisoner B remains silent, then Prisoner A will be set free and Prisoner B will have to spend 10 years in jail. The same thing happens if Prisoner B turns on Prisoner A while Prisoner A remains silent. Now, if they both turn on each other, they will have to spend 5 years in jail. Use this as a visual guide.

They detective will talk to each prisoner individually to obtain their confession. Any response other than silence or confession of the other prisoner's guilt will be ignored. The prisoners are allowed no time to discuss the situation with each other before speaking with the detective. Absolutely no coordination will be allowed. They are forced to make an executive decision.

Now, here's where the Game Theory part kicks in. Each prisoner has to think of what their best possible outcome will be based on how they think the other prisoner will confess.

If Prisoner A turns on Prisoner B, what should Prisoner B do?
If Prisoner A remains silent, what should Prisoner B do?
If Prisoner B turns on Prisoner A, what should Prisoner A do?
If Prisoner B remains silent, what should Prisoner A do?

The prisoners, if they ask themselves these questions, know that the best possible outcome for the individual will result in the other's worse possible outcome. They will also realize that they can both benefit from this deal by spending only 1 year in jail, or they can both spend 5 years by betraying one another. So this dilemma is not so much asking what the prisoners will end up doing in the end, but what the best possible solution for either one or both of them can be.

Anyway, I thought this was really interesting and I hope you've enjoyed reading about it.



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nickalive Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fav
Heartthrobaryan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for faving my " Edward Elric " :iconsayhiplz: :iconsuperonionplz: !! You rock just like him :iconrockingonionplz: Your gallery is awesome..., Great pics :D
s-kmp Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
:w00t: Thanks for the Fave on Poppy after the rain 01 :)
RayfordSteele Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude Louie's "Fearless" sermon is like my favorite message EVER. I have it bookmarked and on my phone at all times haha 
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skarzynscy Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Hello Seth!
Hot thanks for adding my "The Edge - Cricoteka - Cracow" to Your fav.

In my gallery i have many others photos from interesting places (my Cracow, Praha, Mallorca, Mellorca, Morocco, Rodos, Sicily, Zakinthos, Florida) and beautiful flowers, trees, animals etc.
Maybe You find something...
Greetings from Poland!

seek-and-hide Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello dear Seth,

Many thanks kindly. Your support is greatly appreciated. I wish you a wonderful week.

CrystalCircle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave! ^^
R3Create Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014

I liked the original SethyKitty best :P
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xbastex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the fav on:
Sky cleaner by xbastex
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