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Chapter 45: The Perfect Unpredictability of Roger Federer
The Perfect Unpredictability of Roger Federer
In zero-sum games where one player wants to successfully guess the choice of the other player, even as the other player will go to any lengths to conceal their choice, players maximize their payoffs by being unpredictable, even to themselves. Hence, the use of mixed strategies is suggested. Using case studies from the Australian Open tennis championship of 2017, the immense complexities of implementing mixed strategies are highlighted here. It is shown below that even champions can fail to completely achieve the Holy Grail of unpredictability. Of course, Roger Federer manages to be perfectly unpredictable.81
In the 1940s, a British commander tasked with protecting a food convoy against the attacks of guerrilla forces in ...