Game Theory

Popularized by movies such as "A Beautiful Mind," game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Beyond what we call `games' in common language, such as chess, poker, soccer, etc., it includes the modeling of conflict among nations, political campaigns, competition among firms, and trading behavior in markets such as the NYSE. How could you begin to model keyword auctions, and peer to peer file-sharing networks, without accounting for the incentives of the people using them? The course will provide the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games, and more. We'll include a variety of examples including classic games and a few applications.

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There is also an advanced follow-up course to this one, for people already familiar with game theory:

You can find an introductory video here:

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Institution Stanford University
Instructors Matthew O. Jackson, Kevin Leyton-Brown,
Price Free (with limitations) or $79 for a Verified Certificate
Language English (English)
Subjects Social Sciences Math And Logic Economics
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Overall: A great course that explains the basics of game theory really well. direct experience with the subject matter in a college setting…

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...practical, providing a very good introduction of Game Theory.

Actually, the course itself does NOT tell detail enough for fully understanding of Game Theory.

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The lectures are well structured, detailed, and easy to understand.

For the most part, they were clear and easy to understand.

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...not enough practical examples to help the students take the problem sets.

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Helps you think about various ideas in a refreshing manner.== Pros…

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Sometimes the questions could be solved without calculations and instead by heuristics.