## Example

A horde of zombies is attacking the village where Anna and Ben live. They could either Help or Leave.

Ben | |||
---|---|---|---|

Anna |
Help | Leave | |

Help | 3, 2 | 0, 0 | |

Leave | 0, 0 | 2, 1 |

## Anna's mixed strategy

Anna chooses to Help with probability `p` that makes Ben indifferent between Helping and Leaving.

$$ \begin{align*} E(Help) &= E(Leave) \\ 2 p + 0 (1 - p) &= 0p + 1(1-p) \\ 2p &= 1 - p \\ 3p = 1 \\ p = \frac{1}{3} \end{align*} $$## Ben's mixed strategy

Ben chooses to Help with probability `q` that makes Anna indifferent between Helping and Leaving.

$$ \begin{align*} E(Help) &= E(Leave) \\ 3 q + 0 (1 - q) &= 0q + 2(1-q) \\ 3q &= 2 - 2q \\ 5q = 2 \\ q = \frac{2}{5} \end{align*} $$## Conclusion

In equilibrium:

- Anna Helps with probability `\frac{1}{3}` and Leaves with probability `\frac{2}{3}`.
- Ben Helps with probability `\frac{2}{5}` and Leaves with probability `\frac{3}{5}`.

### Question

Consider the following payoff matrix:

Ben | |||
---|---|---|---|

Anna |
Help | Leave | |

Help | 3, -4 | -5, -3 | |

Leave | 5, 7 | 8, -4 |

What is the Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium.

Anna Helps with probability `11 / 12`. Ben Helps with probability `3 / 11`.

### Anna's mixed strategy

Anna Helps with probability `p` so that Ben is indifferent between Helping and Leaving:

$$ \begin{align*} -4 \times p + 7 \times (1 - p) &= -3 \times p -4 \times (1 - p) \\ -11 p + 7 &= 1 p -4 \\ -12 p &= -11 \\ p &= \frac{-11}{-12} \end{align*} $$

### Ben's mixed strategy

Ben Helps with probability `q` so that Anna is indifferent between Helping and Leaving:

$$ \begin{align*} 3 \times q + 5 \times (1 - q) &= -5 \times q + 8 \times (1 - q) \\ -2 q + 5 &= -13 q + 8 \\ 11 q &= 3 \\ q &= \frac{3}{11} \end{align*} $$### Conclusion

In equilibrium:

- Anna Helps with probability `11 / 12` and Leaves with probability `1 / 12`.
- Ben Helps with probability `3 / 11` and Leaves with probability `8 / 11`.