First Advisor

Steven A. Bleiler

Term of Graduation

Spring 2009

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematical Sciences






Game theory, Games of strategy (Mathematics, Quaternions, Cayley numbers (Algebra)

Physical Description

1 online resource (vii, 184 pages)


We present an effect on classical games that is obtained by replacing the notion of probability distribution with the notions of quantum superposition and measurement. Our particular focus will be on two and three player games where each player has precisely two pure strategic choices. Games in normal form are represented as "payoff" functions.

Game quantization requires the extension of these functions to much larger domains. The main result of this work is the co-ordinatization of these extended functions by either the quaternions or octonions in order to obtain computationally friendly versions of these functions. This computational capability is then exploited to analyze and potentially classify the Nash equilibria in the new extended games with occasionally counter intuitive results.


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