By A. J. Jones

ISBN-10: 1898563144

ISBN-13: 9781898563143

Written engagingly and with agreeable humour, this e-book balances a gentle contact with a rigorous but reasonably priced account of the idea of video games and bargaining versions. It offers an actual interpretation, dialogue and mathematical research for a variety of "game-like” difficulties in economics, sociology, strategic stories and war.

There is first an off-the-cuff creation to video game thought, which are understood via non-mathematicians, which covers the elemental principles of in depth shape, natural and combined recommendations and the minimax theorem. the overall conception of non-cooperative video games is then given a close mathematical remedy within the moment bankruptcy. subsequent follows a "first classification” account of linear programming, idea and perform, terse, rigorous and readable, that's utilized as a device to matrix video games and economics from duality thought through the equilibrium theorem, with certain causes of computational features of the simplex algorithm.

The closing chapters provide an surprisingly finished yet concise remedy of cooperative video games, an unique account of bargaining types, with a skillfully guided journey throughout the Shapley and Nash options for bimatrix video games and a delicately illustrated account of discovering the simplest hazard strategies.

- Balances a gentle contact with a rigorous but cost-effective account of the speculation of video games and bargaining models
- Shows uncomplicated principles of in depth shape, natural and combined options, the minimax theorem, non-cooperative and co-operative video games, and a ''first class'' account of linear programming, idea and practice
- Based on a sequence of lectures given through the writer within the idea of video games at Royal Holloway College

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