This is a problem from Ben Polak's Yale open course lectures (lecture 16):
A and B start a duel steps away from each other. The rule is as follows:
A and B take turns to act. When it's somebody's turn, he must make one of the following choices:
Now the distribution of is such that it's a strictly decreasing function of d, and that for i=A, B. There's no other restrictions. Both players are intelligent enough.
Shoot at his opponent with probability of hitting the target, where i=A or B, and d is distance (measured in steps) between them. Forsake the opportunity to shoot, and make one step forward toward his opponent.
Question: When should a player shoot? When should he move forward?
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Now Ben Polak's solution is, when distance is d, player A should choose to shoot iff (for all ), with player B's strategy defined similarly. I'm really suspicious of this solution! Just think of a case where . Direct calculation seems to suggest Ben's solution to be incorrect.
Maybe I'm wrong? Any ideas on this?