zero-sum game

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 4 01:54:32 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> On Jun 2, 2012, at 7:19 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

>> Wiki is pretty straight-forward:
>>> In game theory and economic theory, a zero-sum game is a mathematical
>>> representation of a situation in which a participant's gain (or loss)
>>> of utility is exactly balanced by the losses (or gains) of the utility
>>> of the other participant(s). If the total gains of the participants
>>> are added up, and the total losses are subtracted, they will sum to zero.
>> _With two or more players ..._, for anyone to win, someone else has to lose._

The fallacious thinking behind the laughably-named *Defense* [de se
marier] Act - and every other law curtailing the civil rights of
individuals - in a nutshell.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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