Games in Extensive Form

  • Peter Morris
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


All the games that we consider in this book have certain things in common. These are:
  • There is a finite set of players (who may be people, groups of people, or more abstract entities like computer programs or “nature” or “the house”).

  • Each player has complete knowledge of the rules of the game.

  • At different points in the game, each player has a range of choices or moves. This set of choices is finite.

  • The game ends after a finite number of moves.

  • After the game ends, each player receives a numerical payoff. This number may be negative, in which case it is interpreted as a loss of the absolute value of the number. For example, in a game like chess the payoff for winning might be +1, for losing −1, and for a draw 0.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Morris
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  1. 1.Mathematics DepartmentPenn State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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