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Game TheoryBackward InductionBayesian GameProblem Solving

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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

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11 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
11 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
2 readings
Syllabus10m
A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory10m
2 practice exercises
Problem Set 118m
In-Video Quizzes Week 114m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Mixed-Strategy Nash Equilibrium

pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibria

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7 videos (Total 76 min), 2 quizzes
7 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
2 practice exercises
Problem Set 210m
In-Video Quizzes Week 26m
Week
3
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

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6 videos (Total 64 min), 2 quizzes
6 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
2 practice exercises
Problem Set 310m
In-Video Quizzes Week 34m
Week
4
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.

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10 videos (Total 101 min), 2 quizzes
10 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
2 practice exercises
Problem Set 412m
In-Video Quizzes Week 410m
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Top reviews from Game Theory

By WYMay 17th 2017

Great ! Interesting and abound at the same time. Hope Professors will clarify the strategic utility function more clearly because it's hard for students with poor math basic(forget most><) right now!

By ASJan 27th 2019

Excellent course for beginners. Problem sets are very creative. No more further resources needed. I found this course specially useful if the purpose is to apply Game Theory in other disciplines.

Instructors

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Matthew O. Jackson

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Kevin Leyton-Brown

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Computer Science
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Yoav Shoham

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Computer Science

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