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Games of Strategy by Avinash K. Dixit ,. Susan Skeath. David H. Reiley Jr. All introductory textbooks begin by attempting to convince the student readers that the subject is of great importance in the world, and therefore merits their attention. The physical sciences and engineering claim to be the basis of modern technology and therefore of modern life; the social sciences discuss big issues of governance, for example, democracy and taxation; th All introductory textbooks begin by attempting to convince the student readers that the subject is of great importance in the world, and therefore merits their attention.
The physical sciences and engineering claim to be the basis of modern technology and therefore of modern life; the social sciences discuss big issues of governance, for example, democracy and taxation; the humanities claim that they revive your soul after it has been deadened by exposure to the physical and social sciences and to engineering. Where does the subject "games of strategy," often also called game theory, fit into this picture, and why should you study it? Dixit and Skeath's Games of Strategy offers a practical motivation much more individual and closer to your personal concerns than most other subjects.
You play games of strategy all the time: with your parents, siblings, friends, enemies, even with your professors. You have probably acquired a lot of instinctive expertise, and we hope you will recognize in what follows some of the lessons you have already learned. This book's authors will build on this experience, systematize it, and develop it to the point where you will be able to improve your strategic skills and use them more methodically.
Opportunities for such uses will appear throughout the rest of your life; you will go on playing such games with your employers, employees, spouses, children, and even strangers. Not that the subject lacks wider importance. Similar games are played in business, politics, diplomacy, wars--in fact, whenever people interact to strike mutually agreeable deals or to resolve conflicts.
Being able to recognize such games will enrich your understanding of the world around you, and will make you a better participant in all its affairs.
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To ask other readers questions about Games of Strategy , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Games of Strategy. Aug 28, afloatingpoint rated it really liked it Shelves: reference. I like the everyday examples the authors gave to make formal game theory much easier to understand.
Also, the book overall is very entertaining. It's honestly an awesome book: example based, accessible, humorous, and very detailed, especially towards the end. Will pick this up again some day. So far in my academic life, Games of Strategy has been the only textbook that I have read cover to cover and actually enjoyed.
This book is a lovely introduction to the world of game theory. It is one of those subjects that, once you've learned it, you can't look at the world the same way again. I particularly enjoy the wide variety of topics covered, from auction design to bargaining to strategic voting to evolutionary games. For all of these topics, Dixit, Skeath, and Reiley manage to provide e So far in my academic life, Games of Strategy has been the only textbook that I have read cover to cover and actually enjoyed.
For all of these topics, Dixit, Skeath, and Reiley manage to provide effective explanations on how to analyze each situation and insightful examples of real life applications. I cannot imagine how the book could be improved upon. I've had a fun semester with it. Feb 10, Moshe Zadka rated it really liked it. A thorough, accessible, review of game theory. It is designed to be accessible to mathematically naive readers, which is a plus for some I guess, but I missed a deeper mathematical grounding.
I loved, though, the real-world applications -- fascinating case studies, including the Cuban missile crisis. Mar 19, Grant rated it really liked it. Interesting, though didn't always hold my attention. A very comprehensive study of game theory. Too comprehensive if, like me, you wanted the basics and not too much of the advanced, finer detail.
Then again, you always have the option to skim over sections, which is what I did for the latter chapters of the book. While the later chapters did feel like a bridge too far, the earlier chapters were very interesting and gave a good grounding in game theory. I have a mathematical background but was ho Interesting, though didn't always hold my attention. I have a mathematical background but was hoping for more of a verbal, rather than mathematical, reasoning for some real-world examples.
Unfortunately, the book concentrated almost exclusively on the maths. More a book for someone doing a course in game theory, rather than someone casually interested, but the casual reader will find it edifying too, especially in the earlier chapters. Mar 13, Amal Shazad rated it really liked it. Finished reading the 4th Edition of this book. Examples from everyday life, history, sports and tv-shows is all what a novice and a grad student needs to be compelled to this thought of chain.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really intuitive and easy read. Great explanations of game theory and fantastic examples throughout the book. Feb 27, GV rated it liked it Shelves: science. Skimmed through most of it. Nov 19, Dhirendra Mishra rated it really liked it. Great piece It doesn't get into the taboo of preaching what might be ethically right.
Rather, it lets individuals decide on it. The revelation that Game Theory and strategy does not guarantee a win every time you participate but definitely guarantees a better player in you that participated in the game - has been the highlight. Sep 04, Marts Thinker marked it as shelved Shelves: science , politics-governance. Feb 01, Naidalmaa Miyajav rated it it was amazing Shelves: game-theory.
Aug 27, Renata added it. I liked it, but it was definitely a challenge since I haven't had mathematics for so long.
Good, entertaining writing. Very helpful for beginners learning the ideas and uses of game theory. Wish it had more of the mathematical applications. Tien Manh rated it really liked it Feb 28, Wainwright Yu rated it it was amazing Oct 03, Jorge Soares rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Aron van der Beek rated it really liked it Mar 04,
Games of Strategy
Avinash K. Dixit is Emeritus John J. Sherrerd University Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where he offered his popular freshman course in game theory. He is among the world's leading economists, having made fundamental contributions in several major fields as well as in game theory. Susan Skeath is Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, where she teaches a number of courses in microeconomics and a course in game theory, which she introduced into the school's curriculum. She conducts research in international trade theory, and is currently working on a new Intermediate Microeconomics text with her colleague Ann Velenchik.
Games of strategy / Avinash Dixit, Susan Skeath, David Reiley.