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Brams, Steven J.

Works: 204 works in 777 publications in 3 languages and 15,751 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about Steven J Brams
Most widely held works by Steven J Brams
Mathematics and democracy : designing better voting and fair-division procedures by Steven J Brams( )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voters today often desert a preferred candidate for a more viable second choice to avoid wasting their vote. Likewise, parties to a dispute often find themselves unable to agree on a fair division of contested goods. In Mathematics and Democracy, Steven Brams, a leading authority in the use of mathematics to design decision-making processes, shows how social-choice and game theory could make political and social institutions more democratic. Using mathematical analysis, he develops rigorous new procedures that enable voters to better express themselves and that allow disputants to divide goods
Game theory and the humanities : bridging two worlds by Steven J Brams( )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 1,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Game theory models are ubiquitous in economics, common in political science, and increasingly used in psychology and sociology; in evolutionary biology, they offer compelling explanations for competition in nature. But game theory has been only sporadically applied to the humanities; indeed, we almost never associate mathematical calculations of strategic choice with the worlds of literature, history, and philosophy. And yet, as Steven Brams shows, game theory can illuminate the rational choices made by characters in texts ranging from the Bible to Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and can explicate strategic questions in law, history, and philosophy. Much of Brams's analysis is based on the theory of moves (TOM), which is grounded in game theory, and which he develops gradually and applies systematically throughout. TOM illuminates the dynamics of player choices, including their misperceptions, deceptions, and uses of different kinds of power. Brams examines such topics as the outcome and payoff matrix of Pascal's wager on the existence of God; the strategic games played by presidents and Supreme Court justices; and how information was slowly uncovered in the game played by Hamlet and Claudius. The reader gains not just new insights into the actions of certain literary and historical characters but also a larger strategic perspective on the choices that make us human'--Provided by publisher
Superior beings : if they exist, how would we know?: game-theoretic implications of omniscience, omnipotence, immortality, and incomprehensibility by Steven J Brams( Book )

41 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By endowing omniscience, omnipotence, immortality, and incomprehensibility with unambiguous meanings, the author shows how game theory can help breathe life into questions that have been dismissed too quickly simply because they are metaphysical- outside the world of experience. He clarifies the structure of our thought about an ultimate reality, whether or not it is viewed as religious.--[book cover]
Approval voting by Steven J Brams( Book )

33 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book proposes a way to elect some 500,000 officials in pulish elections. Under this system voters may vote for, or approve of, as many candidates as they like in multicandidate elections
The Presidential election game by Steven J Brams( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fair division : from cake-cutting to dispute resolution by Steven J Brams( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cutting a cake, dividing up the property in an estate, determining the borders in an international dispute - such problems of fair division are ubiquitous." "Fair division treats all these problems and many more through a rigorous analysis of a variety of procedures for allocating goods (or "bads" like chores), or deciding who wins on what issues, when there are disputes. Starting with an analysis of the well-known cake-cutting procedure, "I cut, you choose," the authors show how it has been adapted in a number of fields and then analyze fair-division procedures applicable to situations in which there are more than two parties, or there is more than one good to be divided. In particular, they focus on procedures which provide "envy-free" allocations, in which everybody thinks he or she has received the largest portion and hence does not envy anybody else. They also discuss the fairness of different auction and election procedures."--Jacket
Negotiation games : applying game theory to bargaining and arbitration by Steven J Brams( Book )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers such themes as: trade offs and the game of chicken the effects of power in the cease-fire game the use of threat power in sequential games fallback bargaining and rational negotiation Written by one of the leading game theorists of the generation, this book will be greatly appreciated not only by academics and students involved in game theory, economics, business and international relations, but also by those involved in diplomacy and international business
Biblical games : a strategic analysis of stories in the Old Testament by Steven J Brams( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rational politics : decisions, games, and strategy by Steven J Brams( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rational Politics: Decisions, Games, and Strategy focuses on the unified presentation of politics as a rational human activity, including the paradox of voting and proportional representation.<br><br>The publication first offers information on the study of rational politics, political intrigue in the Bible, and candidate strategies. Topics include the factor of timing in presidential primaries, rational positions in a multicandidate race, primacy of issues and their spatial representation, and politics in the story of Esther. <br><br>The text then elaborates on voting paradoxes and the problem
Superpower games : applying game theory to superpower conflict by Steven J Brams( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory of moves by Steven J Brams( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven J. Brams' Theory of Moves, though based on the classical theory of games, proposes changes in its rules to render it a truly dynamic theory. By postulating that players think ahead not just to the immediate consequences of making moves, but also to the consequences of countermoves to these moves, counter-countermoves, and so on, it extends the strategic analysis of conflicts into the more distant future. It elucidates the role that different kinds of power - moving, order and threat - may have on conflict outcomes, and it also shows how misinformation affects player choices. Applied to a series of cases drawn from politics, economics, sociology, fiction and the Bible, the theory provides not only a parsimonious explanation of their outcomes, but also shows why they unfolded as they did. This book, which assumes no prior knowledge of game theory or special mathematical background, will be of interest to scholars and students throughout the social sciences
Game theory and politics by Steven J Brams( Book )

24 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating and instructive survey, author Steven J. Brams demonstrates both the insights and the pitfalls that can result from applying game theoretic models to the analysis of problems in political science. Using plenty of real-life examples, Brams shows how game theory can explain and elucidate complex political situations, from warfare to presidential vetoes. In these cases and others, game theory's mathematical structure provides a rigorous, consistent method for formulating, analyzing, and solving strategic problems. Minimal mathematical background is necessary, making the book accessible to a wide audience of students and teachers of politics and social science, as well as other readers with a serious interest in politics. New preface to the Dover edition
Paradoxes in politics : an introduction to the nonobvious in political science by Steven J Brams( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The win--win solution : guaranteeing fair shares to everybody by Steven J Brams( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book takes the worry out of bargaining. Beginning with simple and familiar techniques it builds toward a pathbreaking procedure that gives equitable, envy-free, and efficient solutions to a wide range of disputes. A win-win solution - guaranteed."--BOOK JACKET. "This procedure, called "adjusted winner," applies broadly, from divorce to business to international disputes. Built on a simple point-allocation system, it is as easy to apply as it is to understand. Adjusted winner produces in minutes and hours resolutions that have taken expert negotiators weeks and months to work out."--BOOK JACKET. "This book is for anyone interested in securing satisfying, even gratifying settlements in complex and difficult negotiations."--Jacket
The mathematics of preference, choice, and order : essays in honor of Peter C. Fishburn by Prasanta K Pattanaik( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serves the multiple purposes of honoring Peter Fishburn's contributions, providing both expository and fresh papers from leading figures in each of the areas of Fishburn's research. This book intends to demonstrate linkages that exist among these areas of research
Game theory and national security by Steven J Brams( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political and related models by Steven J Brams( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and Italian and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this four volume series is to make available for college teachers and students samples of important and realistic applications of mathematics which can be covered in undergraduate programs. The goal is to provide illustrations of how modern mathematics is actually employed to solve relevant contemporary problems. Although these independent chapters were prepared primarily for teachers in the general mathematical sciences, they should prove valuable to students, teachers, and research scientists in many of the fields of application as well. Prerequisites for each chapter and suggestions for the teacher are provided. Several of these chapters have been tested in a variety of classroom settings, and all have undergone extensive peer review and revision. Illustrations and exercises are included in most chapters. Some units can be covered in one class, whereas others provide sufficient material for a few weeks of class time. Volume 1 contains 23 chapters and deals with differential equations and, in the last four chapters, problems leading to partial differential equations. Applications are taken from medicine, biology, traffic systems and several other fields. The 14 chapters in Volume 2 are devoted mostly to problems arising in political science, but they also address questions appearing in sociology and ecology. Topics covered include voting systems, weighted voting, proportional representation, coalitional values, and committees. The 14 chapters in Volume 3 emphasize discrete mathematical methods such as those which arise in graph theory, combinatorics, and networks
Applied game theory : proceedings of a conference at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, June 13-16, 1978 by Steven J Brams( Book )

19 editions published in 1979 in English and German and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biblical games : game theory and the Hebrew Bible by Steven J Brams( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this unusual book, first published by The MIT Press in 1980 and now updated with a new chapter, Steven Brams applies the mathematical theory of games to the Hebrew Bible. Brams's thesis is that God and the human biblical characters acted rationally—that is, given their preferences and their knowledge of other players' preferences, they made strategy choices that led to the best attainable outcomes. Beginning with the Creation and focusing on those stories richest in conflict and intrigue, Brams uses elementary game-theoretic tools to elucidate the rational calculations of biblical players and to show precisely the manner in which they sought to achieve their goals. He relies almost exclusively on noncooperative theory, making use of both game tree and matrix forms of games. Brams uses his strategic analyses to build a detailed assessment of God's character and motivations, including the reasons for His frequently wrathful behavior. Brams's insights have application to biblical studies, the philosophy of religion, political theory, and game theory and methodology.In the new chapter, Brams surveys the literature of the past twenty years on political-strategic interpretations of the Hebrew Bible. He also extends the game-theoretic analysis, using the theory of moves, to study a counterfactual situation—what if Abraham had refused God's command to sacrifice Isaac?—and to examine the rationality of believing in a superior being." -- Publisher's website
Spatial models of election competition by Steven J Brams( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This document is addressed primarily to students in analytically oriented courses in political science and secondarily to students in mathematics courses in which applications and modeling are stressed. Except for one optional exercise and material in the appendix, only high school level mathematics is assumed. The emphasis is less on mathematical analysis and more on developing an appreciation for logical reasoning about elections and substantive problems encountered in their analysis. Some simple one-dimensional spatial models are developed with informal results derived and illustrated using rudimentary mathematics. A brief, more formal development of two theorems using elementary calculus is given in the appendix. (Mp)
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Mathematics and democracy : designing better voting and fair-division procedures
Game theory and the humanities : bridging two worldsSuperior beings : if they exist, how would we know?: game-theoretic implications of omniscience, omnipotence, immortality, and incomprehensibilityApproval votingThe Presidential election gameFair division : from cake-cutting to dispute resolutionNegotiation games : applying game theory to bargaining and arbitrationTheory of movesGame theory and politics
Alternative Names
Brams, S.J.

Brams, S.J. 1940-

Brams, S.J. (Steven John), 1940-

Brams, Steven

Brams, Steven 1940-

Brams, Steven J.

Brams, Steven J. (Steven John)

Brams, Steven John

Brams, Steven John 1940-

Brams, Streven J. 1940-

Steven Brams American mathematician

Steven Brams Amerikaans wiskundige

Steven Brams matemático estadounidense

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ブラムス, スティーブン・J

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