Observable Instability for the Repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma

  • Miranda Mowbray
Conference paper


This paper shows how to construct mutant strategies for the repeated prisoner’s dilemma game with a large expected number of rounds in such a way that the introduction of these mutants at very low levels in the population changes the observable behaviour of the population playing the game. This gives a stronger instability result than ones previously proved in the literature. A similar result is also proved for the repeated prisoner’s dilemma with a fixed number of rounds.


Finite Time Pure Strategy Strategy Distribution Evolutionary Stability Evolutionary Stable Strategy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miranda Mowbray
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  1. 1.Hewlett Packard LaboratoriesStoke GiffordUK

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