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Back to Game Theory

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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...

WY

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!

SC

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 Alessandro M

•Apr 22, 2020

Interesting for the overview.

By Rahul T

•Jun 16, 2017

Decent coverage of material.

By Akshit G

•Aug 28, 2020

Exceptional, tough to crack

By LEQI W

•Aug 25, 2017

Good explanations overall.

By Jai S V

•Jul 14, 2017

Insightful & Quantitative

By Nikhil Y

•May 26, 2020

very persistent course!!

By Oguzhan O

•Apr 22, 2020

Thanks for the efforts

By Soufiane R

•Jul 10, 2022

Thank you at all...

By Ishita N

•Sep 11, 2021

great explainations

By Hedy W

•Jun 14, 2017

Easy to understand.

By Sam D E

•Jul 6, 2022

Whole lot of logic

By Surya R

•Nov 9, 2017

More coding please

By Subham S

•Sep 1, 2017

awesome experience

By Antariksha M

•Sep 8, 2019

Great Learning

By Sarotree P

•Mar 10, 2018

good content

By Marcela

•Sep 29, 2017

Good course.

By Peter Z

•Feb 15, 2017

Good Course

By Jukka A

•Nov 30, 2021

I enjoyed!

By Vandana B

•Jul 30, 2021

Xperience

By 1089

•Sep 24, 2016

Not bad!

By Juan C

•Sep 30, 2019

Great

By 李怡

•Jul 13, 2017

烧脑，

By amadie g

•Sep 20, 2021

ok

By Andrew Z

•May 19, 2018

This could be a good course but some of the instruction is severely lacking. One of the instructors really seems to be phoning it in... in one module he provides two videos, where one is the exact same as the other except an additional minute of material. In another he teaches the exact same material as a different instructor (same slides and all).

Be prepared to spend more time on YouTube watching videos than on the lectures here. After the first few weeks the lectures simply do not prepare you to answer the problem sets (which often contain grammatically confused questions which may or may not change the answer).

All in all the material is very interesting and two of the instructors do a very good job explaining mathematical notation. I would say it would be very helpful to have an understanding of set theory and mathematical notation... there is very little heavy math required. If you understand a few calculus concepts (like limits) the number crunching portion isn't very taxing.

By Arthur S

•Sep 18, 2019

Not a bad course. I enjoyed a lot of the content but personally I work best with many practice examples to build an intuition of the concepts. This was unfortunately lacking across all the weeks in my opinion, several different topics were covered each week with each having only one or two practice examples.

As a result I think that I completed many of the weeks without having a deep understanding of a lot of the content. The areas that I did have a good understanding of were supplemented by external resources on youtube, quora etc. These explained the concepts in a more intuitive way than digging into the algebra which much of this course is.

I think that if more practice examples had been provided as a supplement or if more in video quizzes and longer test sets were present I would have given this a four or five but I was not blown away by the course in it's current iteration.

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