game theory


Definition of 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

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game theorist noun

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Recent Examples on the Web In the years since his move to California, poker had been overtaken by studious practitioners of game theory optimal, some of whom hold science and engineering degrees. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart," 21 Sep. 2020 Lax’s other prime mentor was von Neumann, a leading figure in the Manhattan Project who is considered the founding father of game theory and the computer age. Jamie Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "One of the Last Living Manhattan Project Scientists Looks Back at the Atomic Bomb Tests," 15 July 2020 She was also inspired by the work of mathematician John von Neumann, the father of game theory, whose foundational ideas were themselves inspired by poker. Wray Herbert, Washington Post, "A psychologist finds herself at the poker table," 3 July 2020 One of the great polymaths of the 20th century, father of the computer, one of the inventors of the hydrogen bomb, the creator of game theory. Maria Konnikova, Wired, "Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty," 23 June 2020 John Conway’s boundless curiosity produced profound contributions to number theory, game theory, coding theory, group theory, knot theory, topology, probability theory, algebra, analysis, combinatorics, and more. Siobhan Roberts,, "John Horton Conway, a ‘magical genius’ in math, dies at 82," 19 Apr. 2020 Triumph of the Cooperator Despite their impressive résumés, both Press and Dyson were relative newcomers to game theory. Quanta Magazine, "Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question," 12 Feb. 2015 One answer is that the candidates are stuck in a classic game theory problem. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Prisoner’s dilemma: Bernie Sanders rivals staying in the race prop him up and fall victim to game theory problem," 26 Feb. 2020 Democrats seem to have learned the lesson in game theory provided by the Republican Party in 2016. The Economist, "Joe Biden redux," 5 Mar. 2020

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Game theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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