Category Archives: Games

Ann Lehman’s Sculpture Based on Herb Scarf’s Maximal Lattice Free Convex Bodies

Maximal lattice-free convex bodies introduced by Herb Scarf and the related complex of maximal lattice free simplices (also known as the Scarf complex) are remarkable geometric constructions with deep connections to combinatorics, convex geometry, integer programming, game theory, fixed point computations, … Continue reading

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Angry Bird Skepticism

Lenore Holditch is a freelance writer. Here is what she wrote to me: “I love learning about new topics, so I am confident that I can provide valuable content for your blog on any topic you wish, else I can … Continue reading

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The Privacy Paradox of Rann Smorodinsky

   The following paradox was raised by Rann Smorodinsky: Rann Smorodinsky’s Privacy Paradox Suppose that you have the following one-time scenario. You want to buy a sandwich where the options are a roast beef sandwich or an avocado sandwich. Choosing … Continue reading

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Eyal Sulganik: Towards a Theory of “Mathematical Accounting”

The following post was kindly contributed by Eyal Sulganik  from IDC (Interdiciplinary Center)  Herzliya. Eyal was motivated by our poll on certainty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is related to several issues in accounting. Mathematicians, I believe, are always looking … Continue reading

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Galvin’s Proof of Dinitz’s Conjecture

Dinitz’ conjecture The following theorem was conjectured by Jeff Dinitz in 1979 and proved by Fred Galvin in 1994: Theorem: Consider an n by n square table such that in each cell (i,j) you have a set with n or more elements. … Continue reading

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Another way to Revolutionize Football

The angle of Victoria Beckham’s hat (here in a picture from a recent wedding) is closely related to our previous post on football One of the highlights of the recent Newton Institute  conference on discrete harmonic analysis was a football … Continue reading

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Is Backgammon in P?

  The Complexity of Zero-Sum Stochastic Games with Perfect Information Is there a polynomial time algorithm for chess?  Well, if we consider the complexity of chess in terms of the board size then it is fair to think that the answer is … Continue reading

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Subexponential Lower Bound for Randomized Pivot Rules!

Oliver Friedmann, Thomas Dueholm Hansen, and Uri Zwick have managed to prove subexponential lower bounds of the form for the following two basic randomized pivot rules for the simplex algorithm! This is the first result of its kind and deciding … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (13): How to Play a Biased “Matching Pennies” Game

Recall the game “matching pennies“. Player I has to chose between ‘0’ or ‘1’, player II has to chose between ‘0’ and ‘1’.No player knows what is the choice of the other player before making his choice. Player II pays … Continue reading

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Futures Trading as a Game of Luck

A recent interesting article by Ariel Rubinstein entitled “Digital Sodom” (in Hebrew) argues that certain forms of  futures trading (and Internet sites where these forms of trading take place) are essentially gambling activities.  The issue of “what is gambling” is very intereting. In an earlier … Continue reading

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