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### 1fishpi

Can anyone recommend a good introductory book on game theory? A Primer in Game Theory looks reasonable, but it's very expensive (even second-hand) and I'd like to know it was the right choice before investing in it.

My interest in game theory is entirely casual, though I have a degree in mathematics and I'm certainly not afraid of equations.

My interest in game theory is entirely casual, though I have a degree in mathematics and I'm certainly not afraid of equations.

### 2Nicole_VanK

There's "The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy" by J.D. Williams - it's pretty old though and I've not been following the field.

### 3AnnieMod

I like A course in game theory by Martin J. Osborne even if it is a bit too academic (but I have a background in Maths so...) - the answers are not in the book but are available from enough places - just a warning :). Not the newest in the field but it is stable. So is Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict by Roger B. Myerson

And if you want a less technical thing Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction by Morton D. Davis kinda works also.

And there is always Strategies and Games: Theory and Practice by Prajit K. Dutta which was the most useful one when I had to study for an exam - the style of the author just clicked with me - kinda not so technical but at the same time with enough Maths to get it all together.

Gibbons had always been considered one of the good introductory texts but something never worked properly for me there.

And if you want a less technical thing Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction by Morton D. Davis kinda works also.

And there is always Strategies and Games: Theory and Practice by Prajit K. Dutta which was the most useful one when I had to study for an exam - the style of the author just clicked with me - kinda not so technical but at the same time with enough Maths to get it all together.

Gibbons had always been considered one of the good introductory texts but something never worked properly for me there.

### 4skoobdo

fishpi, I am not an expert in Applied Mathematics, but I am very keen on " combinations and permutations" for

casino games, card games and other forms of gambling games ( 6 out of 49 numbers (lotto) ) I am not a gambling addict , but just very interested in the "mechanics" of winning chances. Is "game theory" related to these

forms of "games" that can make a person lose "hard-earned" monies.

Click to

http://www.bookfinder.com

Type " Game Theory" as a "title of books on this subject.

The book mentioned at Msg (2) above costs about US Dlrs 30.00 at Amazon excluding carriage cost.

You can find an exhaustive list of books on "games

theory" and maybe they can advise you .

casino games, card games and other forms of gambling games ( 6 out of 49 numbers (lotto) ) I am not a gambling addict , but just very interested in the "mechanics" of winning chances. Is "game theory" related to these

forms of "games" that can make a person lose "hard-earned" monies.

Click to

http://www.bookfinder.com

Type " Game Theory" as a "title of books on this subject.

The book mentioned at Msg (2) above costs about US Dlrs 30.00 at Amazon excluding carriage cost.

You can find an exhaustive list of books on "games

theory" and maybe they can advise you .

### 5AnnieMod

By the way - someone recommended me Algorithmic Game Theory by Noam Nisan recently. Haven't had a chance to really look at it but from the few things that I saw, it looked solid. Planning on getting it and working through it some time this year. But it is not an introductory text - a bit more complex from what I saw.

Good thing that you posted the topic so I can remember to look at this again :)

>4 skoobdo:

Or search google or amazon - you will get the same results more or less... :)

Good thing that you posted the topic so I can remember to look at this again :)

>4 skoobdo:

Or search google or amazon - you will get the same results more or less... :)

### 8fishpi

Who says it's sudden? :-)

I've always been interested in the borderlands between mathematics and economics - but as I say, my degree was maths and I've done no formal study of economics. I've picked up the very basics of game theory here and there, but I'm always dissatisfied by not having enough of an understanding of the underlying theory.

I got interested in it most recently in thinking about the economics of software development (being something I do for a living). It's starting to become clear that some of the big problems in software (e.g. security) are as much economic as they are technical: we can produce secure software, but the market doesn't allow people to profit by doing so (e.g. due to information asymmetry). I got to wondering whether game theory had anything to say about certain strategic decisions made in releasing software to the market.

But really, I'm thinking learning game theory will be far too abstract to help with any of these real-world issues. Even so, I like to learn theory every so often to stop my brain from atrophying.

I've always been interested in the borderlands between mathematics and economics - but as I say, my degree was maths and I've done no formal study of economics. I've picked up the very basics of game theory here and there, but I'm always dissatisfied by not having enough of an understanding of the underlying theory.

I got interested in it most recently in thinking about the economics of software development (being something I do for a living). It's starting to become clear that some of the big problems in software (e.g. security) are as much economic as they are technical: we can produce secure software, but the market doesn't allow people to profit by doing so (e.g. due to information asymmetry). I got to wondering whether game theory had anything to say about certain strategic decisions made in releasing software to the market.

But really, I'm thinking learning game theory will be far too abstract to help with any of these real-world issues. Even so, I like to learn theory every so often to stop my brain from atrophying.

### 9AnnieMod

:) Fair enough.

Guess we are in the same situation in a way - I have Maths and Programming background, never got any formal instruction in Economics. But the Game Theory was part of the standard Informatics classes.

Guess we are in the same situation in a way - I have Maths and Programming background, never got any formal instruction in Economics. But the Game Theory was part of the standard Informatics classes.

### 10ansate

I took game theory through the math department, but counted it toward my economics degree. :) We used the free online textbook:

http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tom/Game_Theory/Contents.html

Game Theory by Thomas S. Ferguson

We worked through a lot of it in class, so I can't speak to how well it holds up by itself.

http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tom/Game_Theory/Contents.html

Game Theory by Thomas S. Ferguson

We worked through a lot of it in class, so I can't speak to how well it holds up by itself.