Game Theory: Things to Think About

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. Have the games you enjoy playing changed since you became an adult?

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

3. Give some examples of "intellectual" games.

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.

7. What do you think is meant by a game being "fair?" Give some examples of what you think are fair games. Give some examples of games which you think are not fair.

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

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