zero-sum game


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zero-sum game

A game in which the sum of the wins is equal to the sum of the losses. In such a game, every victory by one party results in equivalent losses by other participants.
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They cover pushing the boundaries of inclusiveness, trials of breaking the zero-sum game, spiritual inclusiveness, inclusiveness and diversity in higher education, and inclusiveness in the field.
Asked to comment on mention of cross-border terrorism during his address to the US Congress, the spokesman refused to say what his intended audience was, but added that there was no zero-sum game here.
Is the benefits marketplace a zero-sum game? There is evidence that it is.
In a zero-sum game, one person's gain is another person's loss.
"The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.''
Tim Pethick, of Saga, said: "Employment is not a zero-sum game, and while the number of over-50s in work is rising faster than the other age groups, the over-50s have not been squeezing young people out of the job market."
"Unfortunately, it seems as though Russia sees this whole contest as a zero-sum game and has put considerable pressure on
"Foreign policy is not a zero-sum game -- we can pursue parallel efforts keeping our alliance as Western nations at the center of our thinking and endeavors." A zero-sum game describes a competitive model where one side's wins equal the other side's losses.
Eugene Chuvyrov, in an online comment, wondered if our senior business editor, Antonio Regalado, was overstating the case in his introductory essay, "Automate or Perish." "I program machines for a living," Chuvyrov wrote, "and I do not believe in the singularity, nor do I believe in the economy being a zero-sum game (machines win, humans lose).
She added: "The domestic economy is in a zero-sum game scenario, with almost as many companies getting off the ground as there are collapsing, and consumer demand remains stagnant."
NASA's budget is not a zero-sum game, but it's close enough for practical purposes.
For many white Americans, racial bias seems to be a zero-sum game: African Americans' gains have been their losses.