Mathematics of Games and Gambling
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: The new edition of a favourite which introduces and develops some of the important and beautiful elementary mathematics needed for rational analysis of various gambling and game activities. Most of the standard casino games (roulette, craps, blackjack, keno), some social games (backgammon, poker, bridge) and various other activities (state lotteries, horse racing) are treated in ways that bring out their mathematical aspects. The mathematics developed ranges from the predictable concepts of probability, expectation, and binomial coefficients to some less well-known ideas of elementary game theory. The second edition includes new material on: - Sports betting and the mathematics behind it - Game theory applied to bluffing in poker and related to the 'Texas Holdem phenomenon' - The Nash equilibrium concept and its emergence in popular culture - Internet links to games and Java applets for practice and classroom use. Game-related exercises are included and solutions to some appear at the end of the book.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Edward Packel is Volwiler Professor of Mathematics at Lake Forest College.
|Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition|
|The phenomenon of gambling|
|Finite probabilities and great expectations|
|Backgammon and other dice diversions|
|Permutations, combinations and applications|
|Play it again Sam: the binomial distribution|
|Elementary game theory|
|Odds and ends|
|Answers/Hints for selected exercises|