Assignment 2 FINAL (Weight: 20%)
Evolutionary Algorithms for Adversarial Game Playing
Due: 11:55pm, Nov 06, 2020 (Friday, Week 13)
The goal of this assignment is to appreciate the efficacy of Evolutionary Algorithms, specif-
ically Genetic Algorithm (GA), in the context of game theory. In this assignment you will
be using the DEAP package for Genetic Algorithm in order to evolve strategies for repeat-
edly playing 3-Person Prisoners Dilemma described below with a different storyline:1
Three old friends, P1, P2 and P3, always wanted to skydive but never got the oppor-
tunity. An opportunity arose when they met each other recently in Sydney for a class
reunion, and decided to go for it. There are two skydiving packages available: the
BasicTandem package (pay a certain fee and dive with an instructor), and the Tandem-
Plus package (pay an additional $600, and also get specially videoed from multiple
angles while diving, and keep the video). All three friends think TandemPlus is better
than BasicTandem. They also think it is not worth the extra $600, but would be willing
to pay up to $300 extra for it instead. It is understood that they will evenly split the
total cost of their skydiving. Nonetheless they are thrilled at the prospect of this joint
adventure, and the ensuing pleasure is valued at $400 by each. Each friend orders the
package she wants without consultation or communication with others. If you were
P1, would you opt B (the BasicTandem package), or P (the TandemPlus package)?
Pj & Pk
0 B 1 B 2 Bs
B 0 2 4
P 1 3 7
Table 1: Payoffs to Pi, under how many of {Pj, Pk} play B; 1 unit = $100.
The payoff matrix for 3PD is given in Table 1. To see how this table is meant to
be used, suppose both P1 and P2 choose the basic package, but P3 chooses the plus
package. We want to calculate P2’s payoff. Setting i = 2 and {j, k} = {1, 3}, we see
Pi plays B (so payoffs in top row), and only one of Pj and Pk plays B (so we restrict to
the column under 1B); and determine that P2’s payoff is 2 (valued at $200). It is easily
verified that that is the case. The extra cost $600 due to P3’s choice of P is evenly split
between the three, P2 contributing $200 towards it. From the perspective of P2, this
extra cost is more than compensated by the pleasure she gets (valued $400), and so her
net gain is $200, represented as 2 in Table 1. The payoffs to each of the three friends
under alternative arrangements (e.g., if all of them opt P) can be similarly verified.
You will be using the DEAP package for Genetic Algorithm in order to evolve strategies
for playing Iterated 3-Player Prisoners Dilemma (3IPD). Two papers on the application of
GA to PD – one to IPD and the other to nIPD – are provided in the Assignment folder.
1Also called the Unscrupulous Diners Dilemma
Task Specification
Note: You are advised to go through the two supplied papers:
i “Using GA to Develop Strategies for IPD,” by A Haider, and
ii “An Experimental Study of N-Person IPD Games,” by X Yao and PJ. Darwen
in the given order before proceeding with the assignment tasks. Give particular attention
to Sections 4.1 and 2.1 of the respective works.
(a) Analysing the Payoff matrix provided in Table 1, determine if a Nash Equilib-
rium exists for the game 3PD. If so, identify at least one of its Nash Equilibria,
and explain why it is so.
(b) Suppose we want to represent strategies for playing 3IPD of memory depth 2
in the context of GA. How many bits shall we need to represent the individuals,
and why? Answer in no more than 50 words.
(c) Consider a strategy (individual/chromosome) of memory-depth 2 for playing
3IPD. Explain how you would represent the memory bits and the default moves
in this individual.
(a) Implement the function:
payoff_to_ind1(individual1, individual2,
individual3, game):
returns payoff to individual1
Note: payoff is determined by latest moves obtained from respective appro-
priate memory locations of the individuals and the provided payoff matrix for
the game game. (Assume that the game is 3PD and memory-depth is 2.)
(b) Implement the function:
move_by_ind1(individual1, individual2,
individual3, round):
returns individual1’s move
Note: individual1’s next move is based on all the three individuals’ earlier
moves and individual1’s strategy (encoded in individual1’s chromo-
some). The move to be returned can be B/P, or C/D, or 0/1 depending on
your representation. Note that in early rounds some default moves are made.
Assume memory-depth of 2.
(c) Implement the function:
process_move(individual, move, memory_depth):
returns success / failure
Note: individual’s relevant memory bits are appropriately updated based
on its latest move move and memory depth.
(d) Implement the function:
def eval_function(individual1, individual2,
individual3, m_depth, n_rounds):
returns score to individual1
Note: individual1 iteratively plays 3PD against the other two for a num-
ber of rounds given by n rounds, and its score is returned.
(e) Implement, using the DEAP package, genetic evolution of strategies for play-
ing 3IPD. Assume a memory depth of 2. Based on your implementation, briefly
describe the best 3IPD-individual you generated via GA, and what parameters
(fitness function, type of crossover, mutation rate, etc.) you used for that pur-
pose. Explain why you chose those specific parameters.
3. ANALYSIS [2 marks]
(a) Describe in English the behaviour of the 3IPD-strategy you obtained via task 2e
above. Exploit any pattern you notice in it for this purpose.
(b) What would you consider to be a good counterpart of the strategy Tit for Tat
in 3IPD? Compare it with the best strategy you obtained via task 2e in terms
of traits such as being nice, being forgiving and being provocable. Make an
attempt to explain any major difference in these two strategies in terms of their
payoff structures.
What to Submit, and When
You will submit two files:
2. report.pdf.
Your code file should include all the Python codes you wrote for this assignment.
Your report file should include all the answers (including the Python codes copied-and-
pasted). It must be submitted in the pdf format. It must have as cover page the one that has
been supplied (as part of the document template), duly filled and signed. Also, if relevant,
note in the last section anything relevant that is worth noting.
You will submit the files in two stages. In the first stage you must submit two draft files
(that you will be able to update) by 11:55pm, Friday Week 12:
(a) of the program file including at
least the implementation of functions specified in Tasks 2a and 2b.
(b) of your report file report.pdf with an-
swers to Tasks 1a-1c. You can modify these files while preparing your final ver-
sion. However, failure to submit the two draft files by the required date will attract
a penalty of 4 marks. The final version of these three files must be submitted by
11:55pm, Friday Week 13.