Game Theory (2019) Things to Contemplate

Prepared by:

Joseph Malkevitch
Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies
York College (CUNY)
Jamaica, New York


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1. Give some examples of games you enjoy playing.

2. What are the similarities among the games you enjoy? What are the differences among games you enjoy?

3. Give some examples of games that might appeal to "intellectuals."

4. Give examples of games which you believe involve skill rather than luck.

5. Give examples of games which you believe involve luck rather than skill.

6. Practice finding stories in your favorite daily newspaper (or on-line/TV source of news) that have a game theory flavor or involve a fairness situation. Note: Many articles about elections have game theory aspects.

7. What do you think is meant by a game being "fair?" Give some examples of what you think are fair games and unfair games.

8. Think about game theory issues involving Brexit (2019) and the recent partial shutdown of the US government (2019)

9. In a general way game theory deals with obtaining insights into "conflict" situations. What academic disciplines do you think benefit from progress in the mathematical theory of games?

10. Being treated fairly or equitably is something that most people value greatly. Who do you see as the "experts" on fairness and equity situations?