The Complete Idiot's Guide to Game Theory (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2011 - Mathematics - 384 pages
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Gain some insight into the game of life...

Game Theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It is based on the idea that everyone acts competitively and in his own best interest. With the help of mathematical models, it is possible to anticipate the actions of others in nearly all life's enterprises. This book includes down-to-earth examples and solutions, as well as charts and illustrations designed to help teach the concept. In The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Game Theory, Dr. Edward C. Rosenthal makes it easy to understand game theory with insights into:

? The history of the disciple made popular by John Nash, the mathematician dramatized in the film A Beautiful Mind

? The role of social behavior and psychology in this amazing discipline

? How important game theory has become in our society and why


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User Review  - John Orman - Goodreads

A good review of Game Theory fundamentals, with some mathematical underpinnings and equations given. Nice intro to the subject. Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Game Theory

User Review  - Joey Comeau - Goodreads

This is a great introduction to Game Theory. I love these Idiot's Guide books, though avoided them for years because of the titles. They seemed like pandering cash-in sort of books to me, but the ones ... Read full review


Title Page
Playing the Percentages
Zero Sum Games
Nonzero Sum Games
More Nonzero Sum Games
How Information Affects Games
Signaling and Imperfect Info
Nuanced Messages
Individual Values vs the Group
Auctions and Eliciting Values
Designing Games for Group Benefit
Behavior in Games
Aligning Theory with Behavior
Behavioral Decision Theory
Strategic Behavior in the
More Quirky Behavior

Getting Ahead by Working Together
Bargaining Games
Fair Division Games
Cooperative Games
Group Decision Games
Repeated Games and Tendencies
Appendix A Glossary

Common terms and phrases

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