Date Added: Feb 2010
Game theory is a tool for analyzing the interaction of decision makers with conflicting objectives. Economists have long used it as a tool for examining the actions of economic agents such as firms in a market. In recent years, it has seen some application by computer scientists to problems such as flow control and routing, but the authors believe that it can be applied fruitfully to a much broader class of problems in communications systems. Modern day communications systems are often built around standards. Some such standards are open, such as the TCP/IP standard on which the internet is based. Other standards, such as IS-95 (CDMA), contain intellectual property which must be licensed by the developer.