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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Game Theory by Stanford University

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About the Course

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: 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:

Top reviews


May 16, 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!


Feb 7, 2022

I would have preferred a more mathematically rigorous treatment of the subject. Nevertheless, this was a great course — the instructors expounded all concepts with exceptional clarity and engagement.

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By António M F B d C C

Jan 5, 2018

It is a nice and compact short course with all the essentials of Game Theory.

By Pranav R R

Jun 27, 2022

Easy to understand and learn, however understanding the math takes some time

By eddy h

Jun 4, 2022



By Steve A

Aug 3, 2020

There are issues with the videos that could be corrected by retaking them.

By Paul B

Jul 21, 2022

Some of the math problems are a little confusing but the course is great

By jiaming

May 13, 2021

The quiz is interesting, I wish the course can dive more into that math.

By Diego O G V

Oct 25, 2016

It is necessary more examples for to understand more clearly the topics.

By LiuChang

Aug 17, 2020

Splendid introductory course (was hoping to be somewhat more advanced)


May 5, 2020

I feel in the later parts of the course more examples need to be given

By Antonio J A

Apr 2, 2018

Very good course. I would like to have more written support material.

By Josh B

Jul 26, 2020

Very solid course I wish it had a few more real world applications

By N I C A B

Sep 23, 2017

This course expand my horizon and the way ti think about decisions

By Changyun Z

Jan 3, 2017

This course is very basic and not intensive. Overall, it's good!

By Maximilian S

Jul 22, 2017

A great introduction to Game Theory covering basic concepts.

By arjang

Dec 18, 2021

the material is still fresh but the structure is too old

By katerina l

Apr 7, 2020

Interesting course, quite long and sometimes challenging

By Mukhamejan A

Aug 22, 2019

More practice problems with actual solutions are needed.

By Aravindh B

Dec 12, 2021

The course was well structured and highly informative.

By Jorge C

Nov 20, 2019

Great content! Look forward for the level two course.

By Kartik K

May 20, 2022

There should be better examples in the explanations.

By Janus T

May 8, 2021

A bit confusing at first but overall a great course.

By Mauritz v d W

Jul 11, 2017

Very good introduction to the basics of game theory.

By Alberto O d l R

Jun 15, 2020

Nice course, interesting content and good resources

By Himanshu B

Jul 25, 2019

It has opened a new field for me. Simple Amazing.

By Jiazhi G

Sep 6, 2017

Nice course. But I would prefer a clearer slides.