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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. You can find a full syllabus and description of the course here: http://web.stanford.edu/~jacksonm/GTOC-Syllabus.html There is also an advanced follow-up course to this one, for people already familiar with game theory: https://www.coursera.org/learn/gametheory2/ You can find an introductory video here: http://web.stanford.edu/~jacksonm/Intro_Networks.mp4...
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Game TheoryBayesian GameProblem SolvingBackward Induction
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Suggested: 5 hours/week

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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction and Overview

Introduction, overview, uses of game theory, some applications and examples, and formal definitions of: the normal form, payoffs, strategies, pure strategy Nash equilibrium, dominant strategies...
Reading
11 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
1-1 Game Theory Intro - TCP Backoff 11m
1-2 Self-Interested Agents and Utility Theory 3m
1-3 Defining Games 10m
1-4 Examples of Games 5m
1-5 Nash Equilibrium Intro 4m
1-6 Strategic Reasoning 10m
1-7 Best Response and Nash Equilibrium 2m
1-8 Nash Equilibrium of Example Games 6m
1-9 Dominant Strategies 7m
1-10 Pareto Optimality 8m
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set 118m
In-Video Quizzes Week 114m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Week 2: Mixed-Strategy Nash Equilibrium

pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibria...
Reading
7 videos (Total 76 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
2-2 Mixed Strategies and Nash Equilibrium (II)14m
2-3 Computing Mixed Nash Equilibrium 11m
2-4 Hardness Beyond 2x2 Games - Basic 5m
2-4 Hardness Beyond 2x2 Games - Advanced 20m
2-5 Example: Mixed Strategy Nash 10m
2-6 Data: Professional Sports and Mixed Strategies 10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set 210m
In-Video Quizzes Week 26m

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1 hour to complete

Week 3: Alternate Solution Concepts

Iterative removal of strictly dominated strategies, minimax strategies and the minimax theorem for zero-sum game, correlated equilibria...
Reading
6 videos (Total 64 min), 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
3-2 Strictly Dominated Strategies & Iterative Removal 19m
3-3 Dominated Strategies & Iterative Removal: An Application 9m
3-4 Maxmin Strategies 9m
3-4 Maxmin Strategies - Advanced16m
3-5 Correlated Equilibrium: Intuition 5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set 310m
In-Video Quizzes Week 34m

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2 hours to complete

Week 4: Extensive-Form Games

Perfect information games: trees, players assigned to nodes, payoffs, backward Induction, subgame perfect equilibrium, introduction to imperfect-information games, mixed versus behavioral strategies. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 101 min), 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
4-2 Formalizing Perfect Information Extensive Form Games 6m
4-3 Perfect Information Extensive Form: Strategies, BR, NE 13m
4-4 Subgame Perfection 9m
4-5 Backward Induction 13m
4-6 Subgame Perfect Application: Ultimatum Bargaining17m
4-7 Imperfect Information Extensive Form: Poker 3m
4-8 Imperfect Information Extensive Form: Definition, Strategies 10m
4-9 Mixed and Behavioral Strategies 8m
4-10 Incomplete Information in the Extensive Form: Beyond Subgame Perfection 13m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Problem Set 412m
In-Video Quizzes Week 410m
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Top Reviews

By LYDec 30th 2017

Easily the most challenging introductory course I've taken, but definitely worth it. I must say though that I learnt more from failing the quizzes than the lectures or practice questions.

By VROct 9th 2016

Exceptionally very good course - Must for anyone who is doing research on Control systems using game theory !!! Kudos to all the three professors !!! Will definitely do Game Theory 2 !!!

Instructors

Matthew O. Jackson

Professor
Economics

Kevin Leyton-Brown

Professor
Computer Science

Yoav Shoham

Professor
Computer Science

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