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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 Raphael C

May 9, 2017

The course is generally good. The exercises however are not very well explained. Furthermore, it would be nice to have a pdf from the course in order to be able to study independently.

By Tobias R A

Jul 9, 2020

The only not good think is that the lessons are just presentations, and it's not the best way to understand the concepts.

Anyway, the instructores and the information were very good!

By Sheng Y

Nov 30, 2016

the course is really well organized but the mathematical skills are required for usual skip of steps by the teacher. if there are supplementary material, it would have been better!

By 俞佳莉

Dec 5, 2018

Three teachers have different style. This course is not suit for who has no idea about game theory. I think you would better have the basic knowledge before taking this course.

By Devi P K

Apr 11, 2017

The Questions in the weekend quizzes are not that challenging and the lectures are also not concentrated on complicated (Real life scenarios). Good for an Introductory course

By Bruce C

Jun 14, 2022

Great course with great lectures about game theory from UBC and Stanford. Highly recommend it. Exams are clear and to the point and if you review the material, are a breeze.

By K. S

Jun 30, 2019

Overall, the course was excellence in coverage. The mathematics required a bit of patience to understand. More real world examples would have made it lot more interesting.

By Richard N

Jul 20, 2017

Really informative, challenging course. Some of the slides could be clearer, and a few errors means it can sometimes be hard to follow the lecturer. Excellent on the whole.

By Chirag G

May 19, 2017

Yoav Sir should communicate better as he was taking to many pauses and too slow. The other two teachers were very good especially Matt Sir and I enjoyed taking this course.

By Tiantian R

Apr 23, 2017

Really enjoy the course and thanks for sharing ! However, if the story line could be a little bit more clear, I think that will be more helpful for the process of learning.

By Aditya S

Mar 15, 2021

Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler. Thanks Einstein for saying that. This course needs to made as simple as possible. RIght Now it is not !

By C B C

Jul 29, 2020

You absolutely want to refresh your memory of Linear Algebra before you start this, and make plans to go back and review the lectures prior to attempting the quizzes

By Maya L G

Feb 13, 2019

Sometimes an applied example in detail how it is questioned in the quizzes e.g. for the Share Value would have been helpful for better understanding the procedure.

By Ricardo J A L V

Jul 9, 2017

Great course and the student receives relevant data on the subject. I suggest, however, that the course make assessments that are also corrected by other students.

By 李文倩

Apr 18, 2017

This course covers basic knowledge about Game Theory. But if you want to go deep on the topic, more efforts are needed beyond the course. It is good for beginners.

By Peter H

Jun 28, 2021

An interesting and attractive course, if the curriculum offers more examples and less formula, that's should be a better course. Too difficult for a beginner


Mar 19, 2020

It was a great course but the quantitative part of it was quite difficult for me, considering that I touched that part maybe after 30 years in working life.

By Greg F

Apr 29, 2021

Interesting course and I can see some practical applications in todays world. More walk thru examples and more exercises prior to the each quiz. .

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 Yaser G

Jul 22, 2022

ThE course was really good and helpful. The only point is that the other two instructures other than Dr. O.Jackson could teach more clearly...

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!