Thursday, October 27, 2011

Game Theory Links

These are old, I expect some link rot  (and yes, I'd like suggestions, updates and improvements).

On-Line Course Materials: Game Theory Links:

History of Game Theory
Al Roth
Combinational Game Theory
David Levine's Theory Page

International Journal of Game Theory
Encyclopedia of Philosophy Game Theory
Chronology of Game Theory
Game Theory Society

Center for Game Theory in Economics
Game Theory and Politics

University of Wyoming -- victim of link rot

They all date from the old days, when I did a sub-web site for the Academy of Management. 

Also (note that the format and such of this import is a mess) ... 

Recommends books about...
Game Theory
Whether you negotiate, faciliate or mediate, it sometimes helps to have a deeper knowledge about the theory that explains what is really going on.  Game theory sometimes helps, sometimes confuses, but is an important area of scholarship and learning.  The following books are designed to help you understand game theory and how to apply it.

Thinking Strategically
Thinking Strategically, The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics and Everyday Life.
This is a best selling book in Japan, required reading at many business schools and a solid introduction to the applied theory of games in real life. Scores of case studies. 393 page paperback.

Game Theory A Non-Technical Introduction

Game Theory -- A Nontechical Introduction, by Morton D. Davis
This is an inexpensive paperback that provides an easy introduction to the topic of game theory. 252 pages. Order this book. For a book that is similar, with a social sciences cant, Games and Decisions by R. Duncan Luce and Howard Raiffa is a 484 page introductory text "unencumbered" by mathematical details.

Game Theory for Applied Economists

Game Theory For Applied Economists, by Robert Gibbons
This is a serious review of the economics and theory for people who have found other books too abstract.  Available used or new. 

A Course in Game Theory

A Course in Game Theory, by Martin J. Osborne and Arial Rubenstien
This book is extremely popular and is written for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.  It includes precise definitions and full proofs and over a hundred exercises. 

Game Theory

Game Theory
by Drew Fundenberg and Jean Tirole.
Clear, practical introduction for the beginner  and an excellent text for a first or second course on Game Theory at the graduate level. Covers all the basics and the evolving special topics. Broad and Deep. 

Game Theory an Analysis of Conflict

Game Theory
An Analysis of Conflict
by Roger B. Myerson
568 pages, in paperback, the classic Harvard Textbook. Order this book.  Also consider The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas C. Shelling, 309 pages from Harvard.
Order this book. 


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In Theory and Practice
by H. Peyton Young
246 pages, from Princeton, this book applies game theory to what we mean when we decide that something is fair.  An analysis of public policy concerns, including the allocation of scarce resources, how and why social ills are distributed, with many, many practical examples and discussions.  While not perfect, it analyzes every major theory of social justice and how they fail to address what really happens.  Graduate level and above. Order this book.

by Adam Bradenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff
This is a major book on strategic alliances with competitors.  Narrow, but interesting use of game theory and the current cutting edge in applied game theory (verses academic analysis). Order this book.

I am pleased to be able to recommend some very good books.
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. Yes, I'd like feedback and improvement.  This is all old now.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The three characters in every story ...

This is the recipe, not "formula" as in write to a map.  It is useful for scenario design as well.  The podcast is at: 

Transcript is at: 

Every story should answer these questions:

-who is the protagonist?
-what is their goal?
-who is the antagonist?
-what are they doing to stop the protagonist?
-who is the relationship character?
-what is the theme they are conveying?
-when do they come full circle with said theme?

As one commentator said "4 years of Film school ..." and this podcast taught him things he really needed to know.

While they explain this in the context of:


The podcast goes far beyond that.

Very useful. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Suzette Hadin Elgin

I admire Suzette. 

Every grandparent should read:

Humans should read:

 Her last major work:

I've just discovered  Washing Utopian dishes; scrubbing Utopian floors. (Transcript): An article from: Women and Language and A feminist is a what?: An article from: Women and Language.

I expect that there will be no more novels from her.  But she left a body of work, a message of love and peace, truth, that will remain for those who find it. 

Details about Syria and the Arab Spring

It was transitioning from Austria to Jordan that led to my grandfather's stress heart attacks and his being retired from the diplomatic corp as disabled.  They gave him an apology and sent him home to die.  Much to his surprise, he lived for along time afterwards.

He later remarked that if he had only known he was going to live he would have started a second career or done more.

That said, this: is a brilliant post.  You could easily map everyone of the points to a fictional world and use it for a scenario, but you can also look at it to understand what is going on behind the scenes right now.

A political aside.  Completely off point.  Two things could save Obama's presidency.  If gas drops back to $2.50 a gallon or so (which, at the current price of oil, is actually what one might expect).  If the free trade agreements get implemented.  NAFTA saved Bill Clinton's presidency (which, it appears, was one of the best we've had in a while, in terms of balanced budges, legislation that actually ended up improving lives, and such -- though a longer perspective is needed) because of what it did for the economy.

Economic surges are kryptonite to presidents if they go the right way, like magic if they go the other.

I'm not going to get into the way people have created such surges in the past, the impact of wars or many, many other things. Though I do remember, one day, getting gas at seventy-five cents a gallon under Bill Clinton.

Just meandering.  Ignore all of this post except the link.