# Constant-sum game

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### description

- In game theory: Classification of games
Constant-sum games are games of total conflict, which are also called games of pure competition. Poker, for example, is a constant-sum game because the combined wealth of the players remains constant, though its distribution shifts in the course of play.

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### positive-sum game

- In positive-sum game
…the positive-sum game are the zero-sum game and the negative-sum game. The term

Read More*zero-sum game*refers to situations in which the total of wins and losses adds up to zero, and thus one party benefits at the direct expense of another. The term*negative-sum game*describes situations in which the…

### warfare studies

- In war: Diplomacy
…theorists distinguish antagonistic situations called zero-sum games, in which one state’s gain can be only at the expense of another state because the “payoff” is fixed. Even then a mutually acceptable distribution of gains can be rationally reached on the basis of the “minimax” principle—the party in a position of…

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