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The study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent, rational decisionmakers, game theory is also known more descriptively as interactive decision theory. For more than six decades, RAND researchers have used game theory to explore economics, political science, psychology, and conflict.

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    A Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy

    Dec 1, 1954

    This 1954 classic on basic concepts of game theory and its applications popularized the subject for amateurs, professionals, and students throughout the world.

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    How Game Theory Could Solve the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Puzzle

    Mar 11, 2021

    The health systems behind the vaccine rollout are attempting to create order from chaos, sometimes with mixed results. Rather than relying on on-the-fly decisionmaking, state authorities should consider turning to game theory as a tool that could be the key to more efficient, faster vaccine distribution.

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    Methods of solutions in game theory

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    Jan 1, 1949

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    Application of Theory of Games to Identification of Friend and Foe

    An identification of friend and foe by game-theory analysis for a player who must choose the best strategy from two courses of action.

    Jan 1, 1949

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    Reconnaissance in Game Theory

    The present report is restricted to the case where one player uses a fixed type of reconnaissance, and where the second player attempts neither reconnaissance on his own nor counter measure. The influence of the reconnaissance on the strategies of th...

    Jan 1, 1949

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    A Three-Move Game with Imperfect Communication

    A supplement to previous game-theory papers. In this game, the y-player makes the first move; the x-player, the second and third moves.

    Jan 1, 1949

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    Total Reconnaissance with Total Countermeasures: Simplified Model

    A game-theory model which determines the effect of total reconnaissance and total countermeasures on the payoff and desirable strategies. Only a finite set of pure strategies is available to each player.

    Jan 1, 1949

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    Mathematical Theory of Zero-Sum Two-Person Games with a Finite Number or a Continuum of Strategies

    This 1948 report presents a summary of zero-sum two-person games with a finite number of strategies as developed by von Neumann.

    Sep 3, 1948

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