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Zero-sum game

Definition of the noun zero-sum game

What does zero-sum game mean as a name of something?


  1. a game in which the total of all the gains and losses is zero

Alternative definition of the noun zero-sum game


  1. A game (or a similar economic system) in which the winnings of some players must equal the losses of others.


"Zero-sum Game" a.k.a. "Zero Sum Game" is an award-nominated video game.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • designer: Cody Sandifer
  • developer: Cody Sandifer
  • genres: Interactive fiction, Adventure game
  • award:
    • XYZZY Award for Best Puzzles
    • XYZZY Award for Best NPCs


Zero-sum game: "Zero sum game", as opposed to a "win-win situation", is used to suggest that if someone wins, someone else loses.

  • also known as Zero sum game

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Google previewSecurity Management in Mobile Cloud Computing (2016)

by Munir, Kashif

Zero-sum game is a class of constant-sum game in which the total gains for both players sum to zero. Formally, given a two person game with one move per player. If each player selects independently and simultaneously from the finite set of ...

Google previewSoftware Engineering Foundations (2007)

A Software Science Perspective by Yingxu Wang

n+1 s m q n •n n•k = • A zero-sum game is a game where the total scores of all n players in the game is zero. • The condition for a ...

Google previewSocial Dilemmas (1996)

by Samuel S. Komorita, Craig D. Parks

The zero-sum game is a purely competitive situation because what one person gains the other must lose. This idea is consistent with the definition of a competitive situation as one in which the goals of the two parties are mutually incompatible ...

Google previewMonte Carlo Simulation for the Pharmaceutical Industry (2010)

Concepts, Algorithms, and Case Studies by Mark Chang

A zero-sum game is a game in which one player's winnings equal the other player's losses. Bear in mind that the definition requires a zero-sum for every set of strategies (one from each player); if there is even one strategy set for which the sum ...

Google previewGaming the Market (1997)

Applying Game Theory to Create Winning Trading Strategies by Ronald B. Shelton

ZERO SUM GAME Zero-sum game is the one term from game theory that has entered the English language as an everyday expression. Most games that people play for recreation are zero-sum games. In chess each piece captured is a loss ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Business (2009)

by W. Davis Folsom, Rick Boulware

zero-sum game A zero-sum game is a game or situation where the gains by winners are offset by losses to losers. Zero-sum games are sometimes used to describe market situations in which increased sales by one firm come at the expense ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology (2000)

by Philip A. Laplante

zero-sum game...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions (1999)

by Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber

zero-sum game 590 The term in use by Steven S. King in the Washington Post, September 2, 1988: When conditions approach ideal, though, biking can transcend the realm of mere physical endeavor and affect mental or even spiritual planes.

Google previewThe American Heritage Science Dictionary (2005)

by American Heritage Dictionary

zero-sum game 686 due to vacuum fluctuations. See Note at absolute zero. zero- sum game A game in which the sum of the winnings by all the players is zero. In a zero- sum game, a gain by one player must be matched by a loss by another ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (2001)

by Mona Baker

The simplest model is the two-person, zero-sum game with perfect information and optimal strategy. This is a game where there are two players, the game ends after a certain number of moves have been made, there is always a winner and a ...

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Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you. I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming. (John Carmack)
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