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The game looks like this:

         a       b
   A [(-12, 1) (8, 8)]
   B [(15, 1), (8,-1)]

(15, 1) and (8,8) are Nash Equlibria. However, could you still mix between (8,8) and (15,1)? For example, for P2 (column player) to make P1 indifferent he could play b with a probability of 1. And player 1 could make player 2 indifferent with another probability mix.

However, can mixed strategies include weakly dominated strategies?

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  • $\begingroup$ In the usual formulation of the definition, yes. There are other equilibrium concepts in which they cannot, then $(B,b)$ is the unique equilibrium. $\endgroup$
    – Will Sawin
    Feb 24, 2012 at 2:21
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    $\begingroup$ (B, b) can never be an equilibrium... $\endgroup$
    – user21641
    Feb 25, 2012 at 22:27

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In the mixed strategy Nash equilibrium the column players will choose b with probability 1, thus there is never a mix that includes (15,1). However, the row player can mix with their weakly dominated strategy A. (probability A = 2/9, B = 7/9)

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The answer given by Nixon is correct. If you label p the probability that player 1 chooses A, and q the probability that player 2 chooses a, then you have: $E(a)=E(b)$, so $1=8p-(1-p)$, that is $p=2/9$. On the other hand, you can see that $q=0$.

So, yes, mixed strategy can include weakly dominated strategy.

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