Best Reference Books – Decision Analysis and Game Theory

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We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Decision Analysis and Game Theory Subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges.

Here is the full list of best reference books on Decision Analysis and Game Theory.

We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books for reference on this subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains a review of these books and links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

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1. “An Introduction to Game Theory” by Martin J Osborne

“An Introduction to Game Theory” Book Review: The book is basically for the undergraduate courses of game theory but can also be referred by the students who want to learn the basics about ‘game theory’. It introduces the main principles of game theory and tells about its applications in economic, social, political, and biological phenomena. The concepts given in the book are explained using logical reasoning. The topics like fundamental concepts of strategic games, extensive games, coalitional games, Bayesian games, repeated games, bargaining theory, evolutionary equilibrium, rationalizability, and max-minimization are discussed in this book. The book contains many illustrations, examples and exercises.

2. “Game Theory for Applied Economists” by Robert Gibbons

“Game Theory for Applied Economists” Book Review: The book will be helpful for the students and professionals who want to construct their own game-theoretic models. It is an excellent blend of game theory and applied economics. It contains description of static games, Nash equilibrium, dynamic games, subgame-perfect Nash equilibrium, static games, Bayesian Nash equilibrium, dynamic games, and perfect Bayesian equilibrium. For giving readers better practical knowledge, the book features many examples, equations, proofs, and applications.

3. “Game Theory: Decisions, Interaction and Evolution” by James N Webb

“Game Theory: Decisions, Interaction and Evolution” Book Review: The book is an introduction to game theory written from a mathematical point-of-view. The topics like decisions simple, decision models, simple decision processes, Markov decision processes, interaction static games, finite dynamic games, games with continuous strategy sets, infinite dynamic games, evolution population games, replicator dynamics, appendices constrained optimization, and dynamical systems are discussed in this book. All the key concepts and fundamentals of the topics are presented clearly. The book contains many exercises along with their solutions.

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4. “Dynamic Programming” by Richard Ernest Bellman

“Dynamic Programming” Book Review: The book is an introduction to dynamic programming. It contains all the basic concepts and vast theory that clearly explains dynamic programming. The basic mathematical concepts like calculus are used as the tools in this book for solving many complex problems. The applications featured in this book are of the fields such as mathematical economics, logistics, scheduling theory, communication theory, and control processes.

5. “Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control” by Dimitri P Bertsekas

“Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control” Book Review: The book will be helpful for the students graduating in optimal control and operations research. It is a two volume set. The first volume features topics like modeling, conceptualization, and finite-horizon problems, a substantive introduction to infinite horizon problems. The second volume features mathematical analysis and computation, infinite horizon problems, approximate large-scale dynamic programming, and reinforcement learning. The knowledge of this book can be used in optimal control, decision problems, planning and sequential decision making under uncertainty, and combinatorial optimization. The book contains many examples and applications from fields like engineering and operations research. The content of this book is fully updated and includes recent research.

6. “Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict” by Roger B Myerson

“Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict” Book Review: The book is basically for the students at the graduate level in economics, political science, operations research, and applied mathematics. It starts with explanation of basic concepts and then moves forward to complex topics. The book features all the principles, models, results, and methodologies related to game theory. It contains thorough description of extensive form and strategic form of games, and Bayesian games. The book highlights all the recently developed models in the field of game theory.

7. “Decision Analysis, Game Theory, and Information” by Louis Kaplow and Steven Shavell

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“Decision Analysis, Game Theory, and Information” Book Review: The book gives information about the basics of decision analysis and game theory. It introduces readers with the fundamental tools used by the clients, whether businesses, government institutions, or individuals. The book is divided into two parts. First part describes decision analysis, tools of probability, expected value and decision trees. The second half of the book consists of the topics like disorganized fashion and concepts of assorted game theory. This book will be helpful for advocacy students and professionals.

8. “Decision Sciences: Theory and Practice” by Raghu Nandan Sengupta and Aparna Gupta

“Decision Sciences: Theory and Practice” Book Review: The book can be referred by the graduate students, researchers, as well as practitioners from engineering, statistics, sociology, economics. The topics like optimization, networks and games, multi-objective optimization, inventory theory, statistical methods, artificial neural networks, times series analysis, simulation modeling, decision support system, data envelopment analysis, and queueing theory are discussed in this book. It contains both practical as well as theoretical knowledge. For the better understanding of the readers, the book features many colored charts, 3D diagrams, examples and solved problems.

9. “Negotiation Analysis: The Science and Art of Collaborative Decision Making” by Howard Raiffa and John Richardson

“Negotiation Analysis: The Science and Art of Collaborative Decision Making” Book Review: The book is basically for the students and practitioners of negotiation and alternative disputes resolution. It broadly covers topics like individual decision analysis, judgmental decision making, game theory, and negotiation analysis. The book explains the generation and distribution of joint gains through analytically minded parties. It maintains a balance between theoretical and practical knowledge. The book contains many hypothetical examples to explain negotiation analysis.

10. “Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management” by Jeffrey W Herrmann

“Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management” Book Review: The book is basically for the students pursuing their graduation in courses like decision analysis, decision making, risk management, engineering design, operations research, business and management science, and industrial and systems engineering. It will also be helpful for practitioners and researchers in business and management science, and all the preceding courses. The book is written from both theoretical and practical point-of-view. It features the techniques and processes for group decision making and game theory. Many practical examples and applications are mentioned in this book for better understanding of the readers. Each chapter ends with exercises and objectives.

People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these books – “An Introduction to Game Theory” by Martin J Osborne, “Game Theory for Applied Economists” by Robert Gibbons, “Game Theory: Decisions, Interaction and Evolution” by James N Webb, “Dynamic Programming” by Richard Ernest Bellman, “Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control” by Dimitri P Bertsekas, “Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict” by Roger B Myerson, “Decision Analysis, Game Theory, and Information” by Louis Kaplow and Steven Shavell, “Decision Sciences: Theory and Practice” by Raghu Nandan Sengupta and Aparna Gupta, “Negotiation Analysis: The Science and Art of Collaborative Decision Making” by Howard Raiffa and John Richardson, “Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management” by Jeffrey W Herrmann – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

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