Portland-State-University 2014-2015 Bulletin

Mth 558 The Mathematical Theory of Games

Introduction to mathematical game theory and game theoretic analysis. Topics include: combinatorial and strategic games, Perfect Competition, Zermelo's Algorithm, Payoffs, cooperative and non-cooperative games, bargaining, mixed strategies, Nash Equilibrium, repeated games and finite automata, common knowledge and incomplete information, the prisoner's dilemma. Selected applications to economics, biology, computer science, and political science. This is the second course in a sequence of two: Mth 557 and Mth 558. Also offered for undergraduate-level credit as Mth 458 and may be taken only once for credit.




Prerequisite: Mth 261 and/or Stat 243.
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