On a Theorem of De Finetti, Oddsmaking, and Game Theory

  • Heath D
  • Sudderth W
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Abstract

A theorem of de Finetti states that if odds are posted on each set in a finite partition of a probability space, then either the odds are consistent with a finitely additive probability measure or a sure win is possible. A generalization of this result is proved which in turn implies a generalization of Von Neumann's theorem on the existence of the value of a game. Also, two horse race examples are considered.

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Authors

  • David Heath

  • William Sudderth

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