Accession Number : AD0291839

Title :   FURTHER PROBLEMS IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SURVIVAL

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES

Personal Author(s) : MACQUEEN,JAMES B.

Report Date : 19 OCT 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Six mostly unsolved problems in individual and group survival are discussed. These are of the following general descriptions: At time t an individual, belonging to a group, as resources x(t). These are used up in a specified way, but at times t 91), t(2),...opportunities arise. The individual makes a decision at each time and his resources are then change , hopefully, increased in a random manner which depends on the decision. Thus at each opportunity the individual is thought of as playing a game, either with nature or with other members of the group. The outcome of the game for each individual is his change in resources. The individual is assumed to be interested in urvival in the sense that x(t) be positive. In particular, starting with a large time X(O) = X, he is interested in the probability of surviving for a large time t. The following cases are considered: (1) where the opportunities are fixed; (2) where the opportunities are random; (3) where 2 individuals are deriving resources rom the environment; (4) a leadership pr blem; (5) a spen -thrift's problem; and 96) surviving as long as possible.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *GAME THEORY, *SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL), MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE