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### Motivation for the Sprague-Grundy theorem

The Sprague-Grundy theorem states that every impartial combinatorial game under the normal play convention is equivalent to a (unique) nimber.
What does the equivalence relation thus defined tell us ...

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### References for this game

I would like to know how the following game is known in the literature and, possibly, to have references for related papers.
Description of the game: Fix a space $X$ and two Borel probability ...

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### Uniqueness of equilibrium from infinite strategies

I took the following game from the Peter Winkler collection (chapter "Games"):
Two numbers are chosen independently at random from the uniform distribution on [0,1]. Player A then looks at the ...

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### What would be nice open problem in evolutionary game theory ? [closed]

Hello,
i was trained as a biologist, but have taught myself mathematics to a level that is roughly equivalent to that of a masters degree in math. I decided to try do some phd-research in ...

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### Game Theory: Is there a Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium?

The game looks like this:
a b
A [(-12, 1) (8, 8)]
B [(15, 1), (8,-1)]
(15, 1) and (8,8) are Nash Equlibria. However, could you still mix ...

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### Why are Nash-Equilibria inside the Simplex S_n unique ?

Hello,
i came across a remark that states that nash equilibria inside the simplex S_n are unique. Or stated differently: If there is more then one such equilibrium, then they have to lie on the ...

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### Decay of Relative Growth in Conway's Game of Life

Intro
The question is about Game of Life.
Let us denote the set of points obtained from initial configuration $A$ after $m$ steps as $A(m)$ (we are only interested in finite initial configuration, ...

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### Set Cardinality Game - Can a player with numbers in R win over a player with numbers in N as each of them in one turn has to present a new number?

Let there be 2 players, p$\mathbb{N}$ and p$\mathbb{R}$. They are playing the Set Cardinality Game where p$\mathbb{N}$ has to present some number n that has not been used in the game so far by either ...

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### Algorithm on winning strategy of Winner (Simplified card game)

Here's an introduction to the ordinary Winner (card game):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winner_(card_game)
I'm thinking about a simplification of the game.
** I've copied this problem to cstheory ...

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### Drawing lines and removing squares - an Alice and Bob game

Thought about the following while in a Complex Analysis lecture:
Let there be a $N \times N$ grid of squares and two players $A$ and $B$. First, $A$ needs to draw a line $l$ that needs to intersect ...

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### Conditioning on one term of a sum of random variables

Let $\theta$ be normally distributed with mean $\bar \theta$ and variance $s^2$. Let $Z$ be normally distributed with mean $0$ and variance $\sigma^2$, and chosen independently of $\theta$. Define ...

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### Are there any interesting connections between game theory and engineering?

I am doing a senior project and it must be based off game theory, but I am having trouble finding any connections to engineering, possibly structural, or architectural, maybe even civil or mechanical. ...

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### Irreversible chess

Suppose we play a chess-variant, where any finite number of pieces are allowed, and the board is as large as we wish, but only two kings in total. And there is no 50 move-rule, no castling and no ...

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### A competitive root finding game

Inspired by a question about bisection I wondered about the following: The are two players X and Y and a moderator Z who knows two (random,independent, uniformly chosen) hidden reals $x$ and $y$ from ...

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### Group Theory, Game Theory, a bit of Philosophy and a post in Tao's blog

I've decided to write this post after reading the incredibly beautiful and highly recomended post by Terence Tao ...

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### The duel problem

The following duel problem is due to Ben Polak (maybe there's earlier origin, which I'll be glad to be informed about). The rule is as follows:
Two players 1 and 2 start a duel $N$ steps away from ...

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### Truel extended to n persons

n players numbered 1~n play a shooting game. Their accuracy rates p1~pn are strictly between 0 and 1, and strictly increases from p1 to pn. This is common knowledge.
Before the game starts, the ...

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### Zermelo's stone game in 3 dimensional space

Well, first let me make this clear: I'm actually not sure about the background of the game, whether it was really posed (and solved) by Zermelo. But I'll state the game anyway (perhaps someone can ...

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### a mathematically rigorous introduction to game theory

I am looking for the best book that contains a mathematically rigorous introduction to game theory. I am a group theorist who has taken a recent interest in game theory, but I'm not sure of the best ...

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### Non-measurable sets and Determinacy…

Assume AC. Suppose $X$ is a subset of the irrationals (Baire Space) for which neither player has a winning strategy (i.e. the game $G(\omega, X)$ is not determined). Is $X$ non-measurable in the ...

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### Proof of Upper bound of price of anarchy in local connection game

I am looking at the work by Fabrikant "On a Network Connection Game" (http://webcourse.cs.technion.ac.il/236620/Spring2005/ho/WCFiles/FLMPS_netDesign.pdf). This work presents a game-theoretic ...

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### Approximating the maximin value of a zero-sum game

For square matrix $P$, define
$$V(P) = \sup_x \inf_y x^T P y^T$$
where $x$ and $y$ lie on the unit $n-1$-simplex.
($P$ is a payoff matrix for a symmetric game, $x$ and $y$ are mixed strategies, ...

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### A Fun Game with Coins [closed]

Assume you have a pair number of coins $2n$ with possibly different values, ordered in a line. Let us enumerate the coins as $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_{2n}$. The coins are not ordered in any particular way.
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### Games of imperfect information (e.g. Blackwell's games) in Set Theory?

Hello,
Intro about standard two player games
Gale-Stewart games are the well-known games played by two Players $I$ and $II$, which in turn play natural numbers for infinitely many ($\omega$) steps. ...

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### Truthful multi-unit auctions that guarantee selling all items

Suppose an auctioneer has $k$ units for sale. There are $n$ bidders, each of whom are interested in a single good, and have value $v_i$ for it. If bidder $i$ has to pay $p_i$ and gets the good, he ...

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### Simple(?) game theory

3 players are playing a game where they get to pick independently without knowing the other players picks one of 2 prizes (A,B) and the payout is (a,b) for the two prizes, divided by how many people ...

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### Applications of Algebraic Geometry in Evolutionary Game Theory

Hello,
do you know any papers or books that use algebraic geometry in evolutionary game theory ?

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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? ...