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# MathProblem 83 To confess or not confess problem

You and your partner in crime are both arrested and questioned separately. You are offered a chance to confess, in which you agree to testify against you partner, in exchange for all charges being dropped against you, unless he testifies against you also. Your lawyer, whom you trust, says that the evidence against both of you, if neither confesses, is scant and you could expect to take a plea and each serve 3 years. If one implicates the other, the other can expect to serve 20 years. If both implicate each other you could each expect to serve 10 years. You assume the probability of your partner confessing is p. Your highest priority is to keep yourself out of the pokey, and your secondary motive is to keep you partner out. Specifically you are indifferent to you serving (x) years and your partner serving (2x) years. At what value of p are you indifferent to confessing and not confessing?

### Solution

• 我承认：同伙承认了则 (10+10*2=30),同伙不承认则 (0+20*1=20)
• 我不承认：同伙承认了则 (2*20+0=40),同伙不承认则 (2*3+3=9)

[30p+20(1-p)=40p+9(1-p) ]