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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(r) 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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Rosenthal (marketing and supply chain management, Temple U.) helps beginners understand game theory and provides examples in politics, business, psychology, auctions, elections, and other areas. He explains the different game models developed by theorists, fundamental concepts about what it means to solve a game, and basic tools for working through solutions, with applications to classic types of zero sum and nonzero sum games. He then discusses how information affects games, including signals sent by people, how people signal ability and trustworthiness to clients, investors, and friends, and how to structure risky situations; how cooperation and competition are linked and how game theory enhances joint decisions like bargaining, dividing up spoils, cost sharing, and voting; individual vs. group values and how game theory contributes to this problem; and the often excluded aspect of human behavior. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Edward C. Rosenthal, Ph.D., is an award winning professor in the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. His work has been published in such journals as International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Public Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Games and Economic Behavior, The Energy Journal, Theory and Decision, Social Networks, and Decision Sciences.

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Rosenthal, Edward C
Alpha Books
Rosenthal, Edward C.
Rosenthal, Ph. D.
Rosenthal, Ph.D., Edward C.
Game Theory
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The Complete Idiot's Guide
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