LIRa session: Eric Pacuit

On Friday June 10th, we will have a LIRa session with Eric Pacuit.

Everyone is cordially invited!

Speaker: Eric Pacuit (University of Maryland)

Date and Time: Friday, June 10th 2016, 15:30-17:00

Venue: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107

Title: Interpreting mistakes in games: From beliefs about mistakes to mistaken beliefs.

Abstract. Backward and forward induction can be viewed as two styles of reasoning in dynamic games. Since each prescribes taking a different attitude towards the past moves of the other player(s), the strategies they identify as rational are sometimes incompatible. Our goal is to study players who are able to deliberate between backward and forward induction, as well as conditions under which one is superior to the other. In this talk, I will present an extension of Stalnaker’s game models, in which the players can make “trembling hand” mistakes. This means that when a player observes an unexpected move, she has to figure out whether it is a result of a deliberate choice or a mistake, thereby committing herself to one of the two styles of reasoning.

(This is joint work with Aleks Knoks)