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Strategic Defense and Attack for Series and Parallel Reliability Systems: Comment

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  • Dan Kovenock
  • Brian Roberson

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Hausken (2008a) formulates a contest-theoretic model of the attack and defense of a network of targets. This note identi es a technical error that invalidates Hausken's characterization of Nash equilibrium for a substantial portion of the parameter space that he examines and provides necessary conditions for his solution to form a pure- strategy Nash equilibrium. Many of the existing results in the contest-theoretic liter- ature on the attack and defense of networks of targets rely upon Hausken's (2008a) characterization and require corresponding parameter restrictions. When these restric- tions are not met, the analysis of Clark and Konrad (2007) and Kovenock and Roberson (2010a) provides a foundation for constructing mixed-strategy Nash equilibria.

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Paper provided by Purdue University, Department of Economics in its series Purdue University Economics Working Papers with number 1253.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pur:prukra:1253

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Keywords: Game theory; Reliability theory; OR in military; Con ict; Contest; Network; Colonel Blotto game;

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Cited by:
  1. Dan Kovenock & Brian Roberson & Roman M. Sheremeta, 2010. "The Attack and Defense of Weakest-Link Networks," Working Papers 10-14, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
  2. Hausken, Kjell, 2012. "Strategic defense and attack for series and parallel reliability systems: reply to rejoinder," MPRA Paper 36410, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Hausken, Kjell, 2010. "Strategic Defense and Attack for Series and Parallel Reliability Systems: Reply on Comment," MPRA Paper 25497, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Oct 2010.
  4. Dan Kovenock & Brian Roberson, 2012. "Strategic Defense and Attack for Series and Parallel Reliability Systems: Rejoinder," Purdue University Economics Working Papers 1268, Purdue University, Department of Economics.

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