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Game Theory

Game the­ory is the for­mal study of how ra­tio­nal ac­tors in­ter­act to pur­sue in­cen­tives. It in­ves­ti­gates situ­a­tions of con­flict and co­op­er­a­tion.

See also: Coal­i­tion/​co­or­di­na­tion, Coal­i­tional In­stincts, De­ci­sion the­ory, Moloch, Utility func­tions,

In­tro­duc­tion to Game The­ory: Se­quence Guide

Scott Alexander
28 Jun 2012 3:32 UTC
48 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Book Re­view—The Ori­gins of Un­fair­ness: So­cial Cat­e­gories and Cul­tural Evolution

Zack_M_Davis
21 Jan 2020 6:28 UTC
30 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
(unremediatedgender.space)

Book re­port: The­ory of Games and Eco­nomic Be­hav­ior (von Neu­mann & Mor­gen­stern)

Nisan
11 May 2020 9:47 UTC
37 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Thomas C. Schel­ling’s “Strat­egy of Con­flict”

cousin_it
28 Jul 2009 16:08 UTC
100 points
154 comments2 min readLW link

Eight Short Stud­ies On Excuses

Scott Alexander
20 Apr 2010 23:01 UTC
445 points
237 comments10 min readLW link

Player of Games

Jacobian
29 Aug 2018 21:26 UTC
54 points
3 comments12 min readLW link

Game The­ory As A Dark Art

Scott Alexander
24 Jul 2012 3:27 UTC
82 points
101 comments13 min readLW link

Pri­son­ers’ Dilemma with Costs to Modeling

Scott Garrabrant
5 Jun 2018 4:51 UTC
173 points
20 comments7 min readLW link

The Dark Mir­a­cle of Optics

Suspended Reason
24 Jun 2020 3:09 UTC
27 points
5 comments8 min readLW link

Schel­ling fences on slip­pery slopes

Scott Alexander
16 Mar 2012 23:44 UTC
302 points
203 comments6 min readLW link

Nash Equil­ibria and Schel­ling Points

Scott Alexander
29 Jun 2012 2:06 UTC
65 points
78 comments7 min readLW link

Back­ward Rea­son­ing Over De­ci­sion Trees

Scott Alexander
30 Jun 2012 3:17 UTC
90 points
58 comments4 min readLW link

In­tro­duc­tion to Pri­son­ers’ Dilemma

Scott Alexander
30 Jun 2012 0:54 UTC
35 points
5 comments5 min readLW link

Bar­gain­ing and Auctions

Scott Alexander
15 Jul 2012 17:01 UTC
36 points
72 comments8 min readLW link

Anti-so­cial Punishment

Martin Sustrik
27 Sep 2018 7:08 UTC
199 points
64 comments6 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

Most Pri­soner’s Dilem­mas are Stag Hunts; Most Stag Hunts are Bat­tle of the Sexes

abramdemski
14 Sep 2020 22:13 UTC
101 points
18 comments9 min readLW link

The True Pri­soner’s Dilemma

Eliezer Yudkowsky
3 Sep 2008 21:34 UTC
106 points
114 comments4 min readLW link

Speak­ing Truth to Power Is a Schel­ling Point

Zack_M_Davis
30 Dec 2019 6:12 UTC
56 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

Funk-tunul’s Le­gacy; Or, The Le­gend of the Ex­tor­tion War

Zack_M_Davis
24 Dec 2019 9:29 UTC
13 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

For­mal Open Prob­lem in De­ci­sion Theory

Scott Garrabrant
29 Nov 2018 3:25 UTC
32 points
11 comments4 min readLW link

The Ubiquitous Con­verse Law­vere Problem

Scott Garrabrant
29 Nov 2018 3:16 UTC
20 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Hyper­real Brouwer

Scott Garrabrant
29 Nov 2018 3:15 UTC
29 points
0 comments6 min readLW link

Co­or­di­na­tion Prob­lems in Evolu­tion: The Rise of Eukaryotes

Martin Sustrik
15 Oct 2018 6:18 UTC
49 points
8 comments8 min readLW link

[Question] How to avoid Schel­ling points?

cwg1g16
14 May 2020 19:37 UTC
27 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Con­flict vs. mis­take in non-zero-sum games

Nisan
5 Apr 2020 22:22 UTC
143 points
37 comments2 min readLW link

Med­i­ta­tions On Moloch

Scott Alexander
30 Jul 2014 4:00 UTC
46 points
5 comments47 min readLW link

Clas­sify­ing games like the Pri­soner’s Dilemma

philh
4 Jul 2020 17:10 UTC
73 points
22 comments6 min readLW link
(reasonableapproximation.net)

In Log­i­cal Time, All Games are Iter­ated Games

abramdemski
20 Sep 2018 2:01 UTC
84 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

The Pavlov Strategy

sarahconstantin
20 Dec 2018 16:20 UTC
203 points
13 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Two Co­or­di­na­tion Styles

abramdemski
7 Feb 2018 9:00 UTC
84 points
14 comments7 min readLW link

Real World Solu­tions to Pri­son­ers’ Dilemmas

Scott Alexander
3 Jul 2012 3:25 UTC
46 points
88 comments7 min readLW link

In­ter­lude for Be­hav­ioral Economics

Scott Alexander
6 Jul 2012 20:12 UTC
55 points
50 comments6 min readLW link

What Is Sig­nal­ing, Really?

Scott Alexander
12 Jul 2012 17:43 UTC
101 points
174 comments6 min readLW link

Im­perfect Vot­ing Systems

Scott Alexander
20 Jul 2012 0:07 UTC
41 points
88 comments6 min readLW link

Mo­ral­ity as Parfi­tian-filtered De­ci­sion The­ory?

SilasBarta
30 Aug 2010 21:37 UTC
25 points
273 comments8 min readLW link

What counts as defec­tion?

TurnTrout
12 Jul 2020 22:03 UTC
84 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Sec­tions 1 & 2: In­tro­duc­tion, Strat­egy and Governance

JesseClifton
17 Dec 2019 21:27 UTC
35 points
5 comments14 min readLW link

Sec­tions 3 & 4: Cred­i­bil­ity, Peace­ful Bar­gain­ing Mechanisms

JesseClifton
17 Dec 2019 21:46 UTC
21 points
2 comments12 min readLW link

Sec­tions 5 & 6: Con­tem­po­rary Ar­chi­tec­tures, Hu­mans in the Loop

JesseClifton
20 Dec 2019 3:52 UTC
29 points
4 comments10 min readLW link

Sec­tion 7: Foun­da­tions of Ra­tional Agency

JesseClifton
22 Dec 2019 2:05 UTC
16 points
3 comments8 min readLW link

Moloch Hasn’t Won

Zvi
28 Dec 2019 16:30 UTC
131 points
28 comments7 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Quotes from Mo­ral Mazes

Zvi
30 May 2019 11:50 UTC
91 points
25 comments53 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

The Costly Co­or­di­na­tion Mechanism of Com­mon Knowledge

Ben Pace
15 Mar 2018 20:20 UTC
219 points
30 comments19 min readLW link4 nominations2 reviews

Strate­gic ig­no­rance and plau­si­ble deniability

Kaj_Sotala
10 Aug 2011 9:30 UTC
43 points
58 comments4 min readLW link

Con­trite Strate­gies and The Need For Standards

sarahconstantin
24 Dec 2018 18:30 UTC
121 points
5 comments4 min readLW link1 nomination
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

From Per­sonal to Pri­son Gangs: En­forc­ing Proso­cial Behavior

johnswentworth
24 Jan 2019 18:07 UTC
88 points
9 comments5 min readLW link

Pareto im­prove­ments are rarer than they seem

philh
27 Jan 2018 22:23 UTC
58 points
14 comments3 min readLW link
(reasonableapproximation.net)

In praise of heuristics

Bucky
24 Oct 2018 15:44 UTC
44 points
27 comments7 min readLW link

Mea­sures, Risk, Death, and War

Vaniver
20 Dec 2011 23:37 UTC
11 points
14 comments8 min readLW link

Kin­naird’s truels

Johnicholas
5 Mar 2009 16:50 UTC
28 points
35 comments1 min readLW link

A Prob­lem About Bar­gain­ing and Log­i­cal Uncertainty

Wei_Dai
21 Mar 2012 21:03 UTC
32 points
49 comments1 min readLW link

A di­a­gram for a sim­ple two-player game

Paul Crowley
10 Nov 2013 8:59 UTC
32 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

The Schel­ling Choice is “Rab­bit”, not “Stag”

Raemon
8 Jun 2019 0:24 UTC
109 points
27 comments12 min readLW link

Pri­soner’s Dilemma Tour­na­ment Results

prase
6 Sep 2011 0:46 UTC
105 points
171 comments11 min readLW link

Out to Get You

Zvi
23 Sep 2017 10:50 UTC
100 points
9 comments6 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Less Com­pe­ti­tion, More Mer­i­toc­racy?

Zvi
20 Jan 2019 2:00 UTC
81 points
13 comments20 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

The Dar­win Results

Zvi
25 Nov 2017 13:30 UTC
76 points
10 comments5 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Sim­plified Poker

Zvi
4 Jun 2018 15:50 UTC
69 points
17 comments1 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

2014 iter­ated pris­oner’s dilemma tour­na­ment results

tetronian2
30 Sep 2014 21:23 UTC
64 points
57 comments6 min readLW link

Pavlov Generalizes

abramdemski
20 Feb 2019 9:03 UTC
68 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

Does the US nu­clear policy still tar­get cities?

landfish
2 Oct 2019 0:18 UTC
67 points
6 comments10 min readLW link

Sim­plified Poker Conclusions

Zvi
9 Jun 2018 21:50 UTC
63 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

On Robin Han­son’s Board Game

Zvi
8 Sep 2018 17:10 UTC
55 points
15 comments17 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

The Dar­win Game

Zvi
15 Nov 2017 23:20 UTC
61 points
17 comments3 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Let’s Read: Su­per­hu­man AI for mul­ti­player poker

Yuxi_Liu
14 Jul 2019 6:22 UTC
60 points
6 comments8 min readLW link

The Dar­win Pregame

Zvi
21 Nov 2017 1:10 UTC
59 points
6 comments5 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Buri­dan’s ass in co­or­di­na­tion games

jessicata
16 Jul 2018 2:51 UTC
55 points
26 comments10 min readLW link

Your Price for Joining

Eliezer Yudkowsky
26 Mar 2009 7:16 UTC
61 points
58 comments4 min readLW link

Re­duc­ing col­lec­tive ra­tio­nal­ity to in­di­vi­d­ual op­ti­miza­tion in com­mon-pay­off games us­ing MCMC

jessicata
20 Aug 2018 0:51 UTC
58 points
12 comments7 min readLW link

The Soli­taire Prin­ci­ple: Game The­ory for One

alkjash
17 Jan 2018 0:14 UTC
56 points
8 comments9 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Towards op­ti­mal play as Villager in a mixed game

Benquo
7 May 2019 5:29 UTC
46 points
40 comments3 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Di­plo­macy as a Game The­ory Laboratory

Scott Alexander
12 Nov 2010 22:19 UTC
45 points
98 comments12 min readLW link

Sim­plified Poker Strategy

Zvi
6 Jun 2018 11:10 UTC
44 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Even Odds

Coscott
12 Jan 2014 7:24 UTC
44 points
46 comments3 min readLW link

Some Ways Co­or­di­na­tion is Hard

Zvi
13 Jun 2019 13:00 UTC
46 points
7 comments10 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

“Backchain­ing” in Strategy

Davis_Kingsley
9 Feb 2018 12:01 UTC
45 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

Co­op­er­at­ing with agents with differ­ent ideas of fair­ness, while re­sist­ing exploitation

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Sep 2013 8:27 UTC
48 points
45 comments4 min readLW link

Mixed strat­egy Nash equilibrium

Meni_Rosenfeld
16 Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
40 points
47 comments4 min readLW link

Black­mail, Nukes and the Pri­soner’s Dilemma

Stuart_Armstrong
10 Mar 2010 14:58 UTC
20 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Let’s split the cake, length­wise, up­wise and slantwise

Stuart_Armstrong
25 Oct 2010 13:15 UTC
52 points
29 comments4 min readLW link

Mechanism De­sign: Con­struct­ing Al­gorithms for Strate­gic Agents

badger
30 Apr 2014 18:37 UTC
47 points
13 comments9 min readLW link

Fair Divi­sion of Black-Hole Ne­gen­tropy: an In­tro­duc­tion to Co­op­er­a­tive Game Theory

Wei_Dai
16 Jul 2009 4:17 UTC
49 points
37 comments2 min readLW link

De­ci­sion Auc­tions aka “How to fairly as­sign chores, or de­cide who gets the last cookie”

[deleted]
21 Jan 2014 21:13 UTC
37 points
58 comments3 min readLW link

The Epistemic Pri­soner’s Dilemma

MBlume
18 Apr 2009 5:36 UTC
37 points
46 comments2 min readLW link

Blame games

Benquo
6 May 2019 2:38 UTC
44 points
13 comments7 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Nash equil­ibriums can be ar­bi­trar­ily bad

Stuart_Armstrong
1 May 2019 14:58 UTC
36 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

UDT as a Nash Equilibrium

cousin_it
6 Feb 2018 14:08 UTC
36 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

Front Row Center

Zvi
11 Jun 2018 13:50 UTC
32 points
12 comments2 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Moloch and multi-level selection

thoughtfulmadison
11 Aug 2020 7:08 UTC
18 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

AI co­op­er­a­tion is already stud­ied in academia as “pro­gram equil­ibrium”

cousin_it
30 Jul 2012 15:22 UTC
36 points
44 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] A way to beat su­per­ra­tional/​EDT agents?

Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir
17 Aug 2020 14:33 UTC
6 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

Tak­ing the awk­ward­ness out of a Prenup—A Game The­o­retic solution

VijayKrishnan
22 May 2010 0:45 UTC
29 points
111 comments4 min readLW link

The Cry­on­ics Strat­egy Space

Froolow
24 Apr 2014 16:11 UTC
27 points
47 comments8 min readLW link

[Link] A gen­tle video in­tro­duc­tion to game the­ory

[deleted]
13 Dec 2011 8:52 UTC
33 points
9 comments8 min readLW link

You Play to Win the Game

Zvi
30 Aug 2018 14:10 UTC
26 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

De-Cen­ter­ing Bias

Chris_Leong
18 Oct 2017 23:24 UTC
28 points
10 comments2 min readLW link

Nega­tive “eeny meeny miny moe”

jefftk
20 Aug 2019 2:48 UTC
27 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

The Power of Noise

jsteinhardt
16 Jun 2014 17:26 UTC
28 points
80 comments11 min readLW link

Split-a-Dol­lar Game

Martin Sustrik
24 Aug 2020 4:54 UTC
27 points
0 comments2 min readLW link