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Decision Sciences: How the Game Is Played

Early in its existence, NSF started to support research on game theory -- the study of individuals' rationale behavior in situations where their actions affect other individuals. Although the research had little practical value at the time, NSF continued to support it during the decades to follow, with substantial returns on the investment. Game theory and related areas of decision sciences supported by NSF have helped to solve practical problems once thought too complicated to analyze.

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