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


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  • Dan Kovenock
  • Brian Roberson


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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  1. Dan Kovenock & Brian Roberson & Roman M. Sheremeta, 2010. "The Attack and Defense of Weakest-Link Networks," Working Papers, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute 10-14, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
  2. Subhasish M. Chowdhury & Iryna Topolyan, 2013. "The Attack-and-Defence Group Contests," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 049, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  3. Hausken, Kjell, 2012. "Strategic defense and attack for series and parallel reliability systems: reply to rejoinder," MPRA Paper 36410, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. 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.
  5. Dan Kovenock & Brian Roberson, 2012. "Strategic Defense and Attack for Series and Parallel Reliability Systems: Rejoinder," Purdue University Economics Working Papers, Purdue University, Department of Economics 1268, Purdue University, Department of Economics.


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