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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Definitions for minimax

  1. a strategy of game theory employed to minimize a player's maximum possible loss.

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Citations for minimax
This is the principle of minimax: assume that the worst may happen and act accordingly; remember that lightning always strikes twice in the same place. This is a basic law known to all successful gamblers. William S. Burroughs, “An Epitaph,” The Adding Machine: Selected Essays, 1986
Uncle Steve explained how they worked out a “minimax” search curve for each ship but I did not understand it; it involved a type of calculus we had not studied. Robert A. Heinlein, Time for the Stars, 1956
Origin of minimax
Minimax entered English in the 1900s and is a lexical blend of the terms minimum and maximum.