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Hide and Seek in Arizona

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  • Robert W. Rosenthal

    (Boston University)

  • Jason Shachat

    (National University of Singapore)

  • Mark Walker

    (University of Arizona)

Abstract

Laboratory subjects repeatedly played one of two variations of a simple two-person zero-sum game of ``hide and seek.'' Three puzzling departures from the prescriptions of equilibrium theory are found in the data: an asymmetry related to the player's role in the game; an asymmetry across the game variations; and positive serial correlation in subjects' play. Possible explanations for these departures are considered.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Experimental with number 0312001.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 07 Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0312001

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Keywords: Minimax; mixed strategy; experiment;

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  1. Steven D. Levitt & John A. List & David H. Reiley, 2010. "What Happens in the Field Stays in the Field: Exploring Whether Professionals Play Minimax in Laboratory Experiments," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 78(4), pages 1413-1434, 07.
  2. Jason Shachat & J. Todd Swarthout, 2003. "Learning about Learning in Games through Experimental Control of Strategic Interdependence," Experimental 0310003, EconWPA.
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  5. Steven Levitt & John List & David Reiley, 2010. "What happens in the field stays in the field: Professionals do not play minimax in laboratory experiments," Artefactual Field Experiments 00080, The Field Experiments Website.
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  7. Matt Van Essen & John Wooders, 2013. "Blind Stealing: Experience and Expertise in a Mixed-Strategy Poker Experiment," Working Paper Series 6, Economics Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
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  9. Shachat, Jason & Swarthout, J. Todd & Wei, Lijia, 2012. "A hidden Markov model for the detection of pure and mixed strategy play in games," MPRA Paper 39896, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  10. Vincent P. Crawford & Nagore Iriberri, 2006. "Fatal Attraction: Focality, Naivete, and Sophistication in Experimental Hide-and-Seek Games," Levine's Bibliography 122247000000001176, UCLA Department of Economics.
  11. Crawford, Vincent P. & Iriberri, Nagore, 2005. "Fatal Attraction: Focality, Naivete and Sophistication in Experimental “Hide and Seek†Games," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt96v0t3kq, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
  12. Kenneth Kovash & Steven D. Levitt, 2009. "Professionals Do Not Play Minimax: Evidence from Major League Baseball and the National Football League," NBER Working Papers 15347, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  13. Sourav Bhattacharya, 2006. "Campaign Rhetoric and the Hide-and-Seek Game," Working Papers 326, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2007.
  14. Okano, Yoshitaka, 2013. "Minimax play by teams," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 168-180.
  15. Sourav Bhattacharya, 2011. "Campaign Rhetoric and the Hide-&-Seek Game," Working Papers 457, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2012.

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