game theory


: the analysis of a situation involving conflicting interests (as in business or military strategy) in terms of gains and losses among opposing players
game theorist noun

Examples of game theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The logic behind his answer was based on the prisoner’s dilemma, a concept in game theory. Robert Evans, Rolling Stone, 27 Jan. 2024 From cell biology to game theory, the P versus NP question reaches into far corners of science and industry. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 22 Dec. 2023 His groundbreaking work on game theory earned him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. 5. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 8 Aug. 2023 Information theory was burgeoning alongside game theory — and games. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Von Neumann also established the mathematical framework for quantum mechanics, described the mechanism of genetic self-replication before the discovery of DNA, and founded the field of game theory, which became central to both economics and Cold War geostrategy. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, 3 Oct. 2023 So what does game theory actually say about how this auto strike will end? WIRED, 1 Oct. 2023 But then, as statecraft in the real world came to favor game theory over traditional diplomacy, the metagame likewise shifted. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 To consider how leaders reacted, students would read and discuss game theory, behavioral psychology, time pressure and other elements that shape decisions. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of game theory was in 1945

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“Game theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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