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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:

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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.


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!

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By Weisheng S

Jun 2, 2021

The questions in the assessments use some great examples. A small drawback is that there exist very occassional mistakes in the question answers.

By Evelyn J

Aug 26, 2021

Good course but a lot of hard work. You really need to commit to the lectures to be able to solve the problem sets at the end of each week.

By Alejandro J

Mar 1, 2020

In general a very good course though some the explanation corresponding to some weeks (particularly 6th and 7th) can be clearly improved

By Theo D

Sep 5, 2017

Very interesting and well delivered. Could do with some more explanation of concepts in later weeks, but other than that, no criticisms.

By Maria S

Oct 7, 2019

it was cool and intresting, thank you...but some of materials were confusing and after watch coursera video you should google additions

By Melinda V

Mar 6, 2022

Some of the materials could be elaborated further since it was a quite complicated theory to study, but overall the course was good!

By Anda P

Aug 2, 2021

It is hard but fun class. You can learn to use your rationality to decide on the decision to maximize your own benefit. Good class

By Lin Z

Oct 17, 2016

Great and clean outline of content, but more examples coupled with the theorems which are quite hard to understand will be better.


Dec 25, 2017

The course was taught in a smooth and interesting way. Learning was very easy. Looking forward to the next Game Theory course.

By Aadesh N

Jun 29, 2017

Course is great. Instructors were great. But need to make use of animations or visual aids to explain the difficult concepts.

By Marta M S

Sep 22, 2016

I liked this course, but sometimes examples showed in the lectures were much easier than those you needed to solve in a quiz.

By Muhammad A R

Nov 17, 2018

The course is quite conceptual, would be a lot better with some more graphical representation of the equations being used.

By D B

Nov 25, 2018

Really interesting course - some of the more formula heavy lectures would benefit from examples to accompany the formulae


Jun 29, 2020

The course's overall structure is very well, but the Bayesian Game could be explained in more details and explanations.

By Zifeng K W

Aug 27, 2017

It would been a 5 star if the instructors went over some of the example games in greater detail and with clearer steps.

By Maryam M G

Aug 31, 2020

It was interesting up to a point and then it got boring! Also, I did not enjoy Prof. Shoham's teaching at all!


Mar 17, 2019

It was a difficult course with a lot of notations but the conductors are really articulate. So it becomes easy

By nitin s

Jun 28, 2017

in some scenario definitions are given without proper explanations of the variables used in the definitions.

By Bobbie W

Sep 19, 2019

Impressive lessons, different teaching skills of the three teacher make up for the diversity of the course.

By gagandeep K

Nov 12, 2017

easily understood course, it would have been nice if some road map on where to proceed next is communicated

By Hassan G

May 24, 2019

very nice course and interesting subject.

although sometime I wish there was more explanation of some idea.

By Matthew W

Oct 8, 2017

Fairly simple introduction to game theory, but I gained an understanding of what the subject is all about.

By Bhuvan A

Aug 12, 2020

The course is wonderful and enjoyable. The three professors are awesome, my hearty thanks to all of them.

By David H

Mar 8, 2021

I learned a lot about a topic I knew nothing about, but the formulas and math were a bit intimidating.

By Oscar A R S

Oct 21, 2018

great course to practice math and some other skills, i would highly recommend it for other students