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Decision Theory and Decision Behaviour - A. Rapoport

Decision Theory and Decision Behaviour

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1998
ISBN: 9780333681473
Number Of Pages: 469

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The book treats two approaches to decision theory: (1) the normative, purporting to determine how a 'perfectly rational' actor ought to choose among available alternatives; (2) the descriptive, based on observations of how people actually choose in real life and in laboratory experiments. The mathematical tools used in the normative approach range from elementary algebra to matrix and differential equations. Sections on different levels can be studied independently. Special emphasis is made on 'offshoots' of both theories to cognitive psychology, theoretical biology, and philosophy.

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Revised Edition
Introduction: An Overview of Decision Theoryp. 3
Orders and Scalesp. 10
Optimizationp. 26
Decisions under Uncertainty and Riskp. 50
Subjective Aspects of Riskp. 82
Modifications and Generalizations of Expected Utility Theoryp. 105
Multi-objective Decisionsp. 136
Theory of Social Choicep. 160
Individual Psychology of Decision-makingp. 174
Two-person Constant Sum Gamesp. 189
Some Topics in Continuous Gamesp. 208
Two-person Non-constant Sum Gamesp. 226
Social Dilemmasp. 254
Applications of Game Theory in Biologyp. 273
Theory of Votingp. 297
Two-person Cooperative Gamesp. 315
N-person Cooperative Gamesp. 337
The Allocation Problemp. 354
Indices of Powerp. 366
Theories of Coalition Formationp. 383
Game-theoretical Concepts in Economicsp. 394
Psychology of Collective Decision-makingp. 418
Concluding Remarksp. 434
Glossary of Symbols and Termsp. 441
Notesp. 446
Referencesp. 451
Name Indexp. 459
Subject Indexp. 462
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ISBN: 9780333681473
ISBN-10: 0333681479
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 469
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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