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Improving Homeland Security Decisions by Detlof von Winterfeldt, Milind Tambe, Ali E. Abbas

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29 Asymmetric Prescriptive/Descriptive Game Theory for Counterterrorism

Jason R. W. Merrick and Philip Leclerc

29.1 Introduction

Raiffa (1985) describes three types of game theory (GT) research. The first is symmetrically descriptive research where one aims to describe the behavior of all decision makers in a competitive situation, now known as behavioral game theory (Camerer, 2003). The second is symmetrically prescriptive research where one aims to prescribe the normatively best actions of each decision maker. The third is asymmetrically prescriptive/descriptive research where one aims to prescribe the action one decision maker should take, while describing the actions that competing decision makers will take.

Expected-utility theory (EUT) (Ramsey, ...

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