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prisoner’s dilemma


If we could trust each other, we could do better, but it was a prisoner’s dilemma.
  game theory:  a situation where two people tend to select a sub-optimal outcome because they cannot trust each other
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A prisoner’s dilemma is exemplified by the situation of two prisoners who are suspected of jointly committing a crime, but where there is not enough evidence to convict them. If they don’t confess,  both will be released. But police separate them and tell them that whoever confesses first will get a lighter sentence.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   prisoner’s dilemma [8] , optimal [5] , suboptimal [9] , zero-sum game [9]
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