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Dominique Chariot, FUSL Print
Friday, 23 March 2012, 12:15 - 13:15

Dominique Chariot, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis


Learning to Play the Colonel Blotto Game

Abstract: The Colonel Blotto game is a multi-unit all-pay auction with applications in allocation and redistribution problems, R&D competition, electoral competition, conflict resolution, and operations research among others. Although the rules of the game are very simple to grasp, its complexity and size are such that game theory fails to provide guidance as how to play it optimally. This research project aims at better understanding human behaviour and learning in strategically-complex situations. We conduct a lab experiment in which subjects repeatedly play the Colonel Blotto game under various matching protocols. We focus on the evolution of the sets of played strategies and compare them to a theoretical optimal set in order to highlight the influence of the matching protocol and information feedback. We also investigate regularities in adaptation behaviour

Location: R42.2.113
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