Friday, April 18, 2008

The Doping Dilemma: Scientific American

This is a fascinating article that discusses the rationale behind doping in cycling and offers interesting approaches to addressing the issue.

The Doping Dilemma: Scientific American: "Gaming Sports: Game theory is the study of how players in a game choose strategies that will maximize their return in anticipation of the strategies chosen by the other players. The “games” for which the theory was invented are not just gambling games such as poker or sporting contests in which tactical decisions play a major role; they also include deadly serious affairs in which people make economic choices, military decisions and even national diplomatic strategies. What all those “games” have in common is that each player’s “moves” are analyzed according to the range of options open to the other players."

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