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Mind Your Decisions
I have some big news for this blog: my weekly Tuesday game theory column is going on pause indefinitely. The major reasons are: –I need more time to make math videos. –Over the last 10 …
Class Bulletin Boards
How To Make Animations
This is a fun puzzle that I have shared a few times before, including last year, and in connection with The Dark Knight. TED-Ed made an animated video and thought it was a good time to share again.…
Happy 10 Year Anniversary
Happy 10 Year Anniversary For Mind Your Decisions!
Note: this is a statistics topic rather than a game theory post At the supermarket checkout, should you pick the shorter line or the line where people have fewer items? I have gotten into heated ar…
I am thrilled to add another book to my list of the best game theory books. The book is Introducing Game Theory: A Graphic Guide by economists Dr. Ivan and Dr. Tuvana Pastine and illustrated by Tom…
Save The Elephants
image by Theo Crazzolara. CC BY 2.0 There is an interesting article on The Conversation about the ivory trade and China. (*Thanks to my friend sending the article via Facebook.) It is estimated Afr…
Trick Or Treat
image by Ginny. CC BY-SA 2.0 Today’s post is a short mention of a new study. It appears children are trusting and innocent, but they can quickly learn to deceive in a game where cheating is r…
Let It Be
Let’s say there is an election with 5 candidates A, B, C, D, E. You obtain a list from each voter with an honest ranking of the 5 candidates. The voters all fall into six categories of rankin…
Tic Tac Toe
Two By Two
Tie Dye Outfits
In standard tic-tac-toe, player one (X) and player two (O) are each trying to make 3 in a row. If both play optimally, the game ends in a draw. Now consider a variation: player one wins if either X…
2017 Nba Finals
Nba Finals Game
I originally published this post in 2014. With the 2017 NBA Finals underway, I am re-posting it with slight edits and updates It’s double overtime in the NBA finals. There’s one second …
Highly Effective People
Why copying successful people is a bad idea.
How To Know
You can find out a group's average salary without anyone revealing their own salary!
How Reckless Pedestrians Could Ruin Self-Driving Cars. Game Theory Tuesdays
Being A Landlord
There's a mathematical theorem that states you can always split the rent fairly.
Don't Stop Believing. How Lack Of Hope Motivates Pre-emptive Strikes. Game Theory Tuesdays
World Series Rings
Places To Visit
The Chicago Cubs Gave $50,000 World Series Rings With A Strategic Twist
Last week United overbooked a flight and needed passengers in Chicago to give up a seat. After United was unable to find volunteers, airport security forcibly and violently removed a passenger. Wil…
Being A Writer
A professor made a devious offer for extra credit. What would you do?
Chimpanzees Outperformed Humans In This Game Theory Experiment. Game Theory Tuesdays
Dumb And Dumber
Why filtering fake news could make fake news more harmful.
Is It Better To Play Your Strength Or Your Weakness? Finding The Right Mix (Updated 2009 Post)
Strategic Tips For Your March Madness Bracket. Game Theory Tuesdays
Why Might People Hate Flip-Flopping Politicians? Game Theory Tuesdays
Why Did The Hijacker Ask For Four Parachutes But Then Only Use Three? Game Theory Tuesdays