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IGERT trainee creates three board games

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IGERT trainee creates three board games

Kyle Burke created three board games, one of which already has the potential to be published. This game, Atropos, is a two-player game based on Sperner’s Lemma concerning the coloration of simplexes. Although the game is simple to learn to play, finding winning strategies has been proven to be computationally complete. A small Boston-based publishing company, Cambridge Games, is considering picking up a variant of Atropos which can be played with more than two people and uses some random elements. Meanwhile, Atropos is used as a pedagogical example for Sperner’s Lemma--a tool for showing the complexity of finding Nash Equilibria.

Kyle has continued to create other games from multi-disciplinary topics, including Matchmaker, based on the Stable Marriage Problem, and Dictator, a game using Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem for voting systems. Although Kyle’s field is Computer Science, his games all contain elements from Economics, in both computational and classic areas.