Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey"The best book available for nonmathematicians." — Contemporary Psychology. This book represents the earliest clear, detailed, precise exposition of the central ideas and results of game theory and related decisionmaking models — unencumbered by technical mathematical details. It offers a comprehensive, timetested conceptual introduction, with a social science orientation, to a complex of ideas related to game theory including decision theory, modern utility theory, the theory of statistical decisions, and the theory of social welfare functions. The first three chapters provide a general introduction to the theory of games including utility theory. Chapter 4 treats twoperson, zerosum games. Chapters 5 and 6 treat twoperson, nonzerosum games and concepts developed in an attempt to meet some of the deficiencies in the von NeumannMorgenstern theory. Chapters 7–12 treat nperson games beginning with the von NeumannMorgenstern theory and reaching into many newer developments. The last two chapters, 13 and 14, discuss individual and group decision making. Eight helpful appendixes present proofs of the famous minimax theorem, several geometric interpretations of twoperson zerosum games, solution procedures, infinite games, sequential compounding of games, and linear programming. Thoughtprovoking and clearly expressed, Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey is designed for the nonmathematician and requires no advanced mathematical training. It will be welcomed by economists concerned with economic theory, political scientists and sociologists dealing with conflict of interest, experimental psychologists studying decision making, management scientists, philosophers, statisticians, and a wide range of other decisionmakers. It will likewise be indispensable for students in courses in the mathematical theory of games and linear programming. 
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User Review  Bruce  GoodreadsThis is an advanced game theory text. Readers should be prepared to chew on the math behind decision making strategies and rationality. Were I more math inclined, I'm sure I would've loved this book ... Read full review
Review: Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey
User Review  GoodreadsThis is an advanced game theory text. Readers should be prepared to chew on the math behind decision making strategies and rationality. Were I more math inclined, I'm sure I would've loved this book ... Read full review
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Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey R. Duncan Luce,Howard Raiffa Limited preview  2012 
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