English, Article edition: Methodology as ideology: mathematical modeling of trench warfare Andrew Gelman

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  • Methodology as ideology: mathematical modeling of trench warfare
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  • Andrew Gelman
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  • The Evolution of Cooperation, by Axelrod (1984), is a highly influential study that identifies the benefits of cooperative strategies in the iterated prisoner’s dilemma. We argue that the most extensive historical analysis in the book, a study of cooperative behavior in First World War trenches, is in error. Contrary to Axelrod’s claims, there soldiers in the Western Front were not generally in a prisoner’s dilemma (iterated or otherwise), and their cooperative behavior can be explained much more parsimoniously as immediately reducing their risks. We discuss the political implications of this misapplication of game theory.
  • Cooperation, First World War, Game Theory, Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • RePEc:rar:journl:0078
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