# minimax

Syllabification: min·i·max
Pronunciation: /ˈminēˌmaks /

## Definition of minimax in English:

### noun

Mathematics
1The lowest of a set of maximum values. Compare with maximin.
Example sentences
• The methods include the study of stable and unstable manifolds, bifurcations, index and degree, and construction of orbits as minima and minimaxes of action functionals.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a method or strategy in game theory that minimizes the greatest risk to a participant in a game or other situation of conflict.
Example sentences
• This paper introduced the idea of minimax reasoning for lower bounding randomized algorithms, and appeared only in FOCS 83.
• Michie recalls Turing experimenting with heuristics that later became common in chess programming (in particular minimax and best-first).
• There are real problems of deciding whether a given ‘game’ has a global minimax or multiple local minimaxes or a minimax at all!
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting the theory that in a game with two players, a player’s smallest possible maximum loss is equal to the same player’s greatest possible minimum gain.
Example sentences
• One possible solution is the minimax search algorithm.
• In game theory von Neumann proved the minimax theorem.

### Origin

1940s: blend of minimum and maximum.

### Words that rhyme with minimax

climaxBetamaxanthrax

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