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Cooperation and exploitation in a modified Mod game

Bos, Maxime (2023) Cooperation and exploitation in a modified Mod game. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.


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The aim of this research is to discover whether a simulated agent's behaviour has an influence on the behaviour presented by human participants in a modified version of the mod game. This game is essentially an n-player extension of the traditional rock-paper-scissors game. It uses numbers ranging from 1-24. A player gains a point whenever they choose a number that is exactly 1 higher than the number their opponent chose (or if they chose 1 when their opponent chose 24). I have made an extension to this game where players can signal the number they will choose to their opponent. They are, however, allowed to lie. Experiment results indicate that players show a higher level of honesty but a lower level of trust when they believe they are playing against a human rather than an agent. It also appears that players are more competitive in this situation, whereas they seem more exploitative otherwise. The conclusion of this research is that an agent’s behaviour can influence a human participant’s behaviour. It also appears that simply knowing they are playing against an agent also already has a slight influence.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Top, J.D. and Weerd, H.A. de
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2023 14:51
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 14:51

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