Applications of Colonel Blotto

Scott Page talks about the applications of the Colonel Blotto game outside of the context of military battle.

In the Colonel Blotto game, two players concurrently allocate resources across n battlefields. The player with the greatest resources in each battlefield wins that battle, and the player with the most overall wins is the victor. An extremely simple version of this game would consist of two players, A and B, allocating 100 soldiers to three battlefields. Each player’s goal is to create favorable mismatches versus his or her opponent.

Still curious? Scott Page is the author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies and Diversity and Complexity (Primers in Complex Systems). He also teaches an excellent online class on model thinking.