As the holiday season approaches, my independent study on Game Theory is also coming to an end. In my last post, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on my work with Game Theory this past semester, some lessons I’ve learnt, and my plan for the coming weeks. Continue reading
Today, I’m going to introduce you to a new form of game different from all the games I’ve mentioned in my previous posts! Today, we are going to play a sequential game!
What is a sequential game? How is it different? Continue reading
Today, I’m going to examine with you, in the lens of Game Theory, some of the most memorable times at Westtown, Community Weekend Events!
As we all know, as a boarder at Westtown, we are required to attend four community weekend events each year. In these events, we have the common goal to have a great time and build a tighter community. But, what makes these events fun? Continue reading
Today, I’m going to examine, through the lens of Game Theory, the most important game in the world, soccer (according to Yale professor Ben Polak)! Continue reading
Today, I am going to examine with you, through the lens of game theory, the most famous war in my favorite era (Classical Antiquity!), the 2nd Punic war between Carthage and Roman Empire. In particular, Hannibal’s invasion into Roman territory through the Alps. Continue reading
Why should we learn about game theory?
The most obvious reason for me is to become better at playing strategic games like chess and poker with extremely intelligent rational decision-makers (like people at Westtown). Continue reading
Since last week was a bit of a tangent, I want to give an update about the procedure for my study in this blog post. I’ve finally narrowed it down to two different game theory scenarios I might use for my study. In truth, it is actually just two different forms of the ultimatum game. I have discussed the ultimatum game before on my blog, but it never hurts to have a refresher. How it works is one of the two players has been given a dollar and gets to offer a way to split it. The other player can either accept or reject the proposed split. If they accept, the dollar gets divided in the proposed way. If they reject, then nobody gets anything. It is a simple game, but when played out has many small physiological subtitles. Continue reading
It’s hard not to think about the upcoming election looming just three weeks away. I spend hours each day, talking about it in history class, refreshing 538, the best election blog, or just checking out Donald Trump’s twitter feed. But, instead viewing this as a distraction, I remembered an intriguing way to tie game theory into the upcoming election. So today, I’m going to take a break from the Nash equilibrium to introduce the Median Voter Theorem. Continue reading