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### Fairest way to choose gifts

Suppose that a parent brings home from a trip $2n$ gifts of roughly
equal value for his/her two children. The children get to choose one
at a time which gifts they want. What is the fairest way to do ...

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### Is the convex combination of two potential games a potential game?

My question: is the set of potential games closed under convex combinations?
An n player game with action set $A = A_1 \times \ldots \times A_n$ and payoff functions $u_i$ is called an exact ...

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### Untrustworthy people picking a random number

Inspired by the party game Mafia, in particular those situations where nobody is clearly innocent or guilty and the group wants to decide on someone random to eliminate.
Suppose n people each have ...

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### Subsets of sequences of natural numbers vs. strategies under ZFC

This question is related to a previous question of mine:
Determinacy interchanging the roles of both players
Given any set A of sequences of natural numbers, every strategy (no matter for which ...

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### What is the optimal strategy for participants in this situation?

Consider a simplified version of eBay where everyone bids once on an item, nobody sees each-other's bid, and the highest bid wins. This is called a "First-price sealed-bid auction".
One day you find ...

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### Determinacy interchanging the roles of both players

Let me refer to Jech's "Set Theory" Chap. 33 Determinacy:
"With each subset A of $\omega^\omega$ we associate the following game $G_A$, played by two players I and II. First I chooses a natural ...

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### Finding the largest integer describable with a string of symbols of predefined length

(This question is motivated by the reading of the article Large numbers and unprovable theorems by Joel Spencer, which can be found at ...

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### Guess a number with at most one wrong answer

Consider a game where one player picks an integer number between 1 and 1000 and
other has to guess it asking yes/no questions.
If the second player always gives correct answers than it's clear that ...

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### Infinite games: are they well defined?

It is just my curiosity about this question where we have an infinite game and (according to the answers) winning strategies for both players. I am familiar with terminating games only, and I am ...

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### The Worst Possible Winner

First a little background. In racing it is possible for a player to win a tournament without winning a single race, however, how bad can a tournament winner actually be? Can a player win a tournament ...

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### Responses from mathematicians concerning Flash trading [closed]

Have there been any responses from the mathematics community regarding flash trading, for example from a game theory or system dynamics point of view? Please answer with personal comments or ...

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### Is perfect play possible in continuous rock-paper-scissors? game “step size” vs. “acceleration”

The first part of my question is simple: Is every game continuous in time and strategy-space also a game of perfect information with a good equilibrium? For example, consider rock-paper-scissors. The ...

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### Lowest Unique Bid

Each of n players simultaneously choose a positive integer, and one of the players who chose [the least number of [the numbers chosen the fewest times of [the numbers chosen at least once]]] is ...

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### How to assign a score to items based on a set of partial rankings

I have the following setup:
There is a collection of items I and a collection of partial rankings V. That is, an element of V is a total ordering on a subset of I. There is no expectation of ...

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### Which popular games are the most mathematical?

I consider a game to be mathematical if there is interesting mathematics (to a mathematician) involved in
the game's structure,
optimal strategies,
practical strategies,
analysis of the game ...

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### Weighted Regular Graphs

The following graph theoretic notion appeared in an economics paper entitled: "Prize competition under limited comparability, by Michele Piccione and Ran Spiegler which studies models of economics ...

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### About the Shannon Switching Game

I was playing around with the Shannon Switching Game for some planar graphs, trying to get some intuition for the strategy, when I noticed a pattern. Since I only played on planar graphs, I'll ...

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### Baccarat and the way to win it [closed]

Recently, A friend of mine tell me something about "Baccarat"--a hot game of gambling.and he want to know some way to play it that can win more money. and he guess that math can help to do this. But I ...

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### Does War have infinite expected length?

My question concerns the (completely deterministic) card game known as War, played by seven-year-olds everywhere, such as my son Horatio, and sometimes also by others, such as their fathers.
The ...

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### Five Front Battle

Two generals are fighting a five front battle. Each general has 1 unit of army, which he divides into five separate armies that he sends to the five fronts. If one general sends more army to a front ...

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### The density hex

Gale famously showed that the determinacy of n-player, n-dimensional Hex is equivalent to the Brouwer fixed point theorem in n dimensions.
We can (and Gale does) view this as saying that if you ...

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### Are there any interesting connections between Game Theory and Algebraic Topology?

I've been learning game theory on my own and was just curious how it connected with previous things I've learned. So are there any interesting connections between Game Theory and Algebraic Topology? ...