a mathematical theory that deals with strategies for maximizing gains and minimizing losses within prescribed constraints, as the rules of a card game: widely applied in the solution of various decision-making problems, as those of military strategy and business policy.
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Also called theory of games.
Origin of game theory
First recorded in 1950–55
Words nearby game theory
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British Dictionary definitions for game theory
mathematical theory concerned with the optimum choice of strategy in situations involving a conflict of interestAlso called: theory of games
Derived forms of game theorygame-theoretic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for game theory
[ gām ]
A mathematical method of making decisions in which a competitive situation is analyzed to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party. Game theory is often used in political, economic, and military planning.
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