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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 Zibo C

Apr 20, 2021

An impressive course, the content ranges from the shallower to the deeper, and I benefit a lot!

By Son N H

Dec 5, 2019

Easy to understand, illustrative examples, quizzes and exams are a little bit somewhat trivial.

By Alexandra C

Aug 31, 2016

I guess that more exercise solving process should be should in lectures.

All the rest is great!

By Shahid R

Mar 14, 2023

I highly recommend this course, especially for those who want to learn about strategy making.

By Vasilii N

Oct 23, 2022

Nice and interesting course! Sometimes it was difficult to understand marthematical formulas

By Craig Z

Oct 8, 2017

Straight and to the point. (Almost) enough exercises to check your understanding. Good job!

By Abhishek C

Feb 4, 2017

Very well structured course, gives you good understanding of game theory and its applications

By Pavel O

Oct 21, 2018

Good course, would advise everyone who is looking to start their way to learning game theory

By Gariyasi G

Jul 3, 2018

Amazing! You do need a little math, but the course is well organised and up to the mark! :)

By Pablo V I

Mar 4, 2018

Highly recommendable course. It develops skills in order to make better rational decisions.


Oct 15, 2022

Really great intro course. Loved it. Will continue to learn a level above of Game theory.

By Elvin M N

Oct 21, 2019

Everything is very good, I enjoy this course and I learned a lot. Thanks for everything!!!

By Nguyen H D

Jul 29, 2017

Was a great experience, if Bayesian game can be explained better then it would be perfect.

By Minho S

Dec 29, 2019

Exiting contents. Quite easy methodologies, if you just understand the background theory.

By Sergio

Oct 26, 2021

Very Interesting, but in my opinion some of the answers would need further explanations.

By Harsh

Mar 28, 2021

Great course, however, the math is a little neglected. Still, worth the time and effort.

By Dr. A S

Mar 8, 2021

Thank you so much for learning so well how to use probability points in this Game Theory

By Gareth W

Aug 10, 2020

Really interesting introduction to the topic, well taught and enjoyable to work through

By Kashif I

Mar 12, 2019

Content is perfect, just examples should be in different way, like some visualization.

By Hữu Đ M

Jun 20, 2021

"Lìfe is a game"- you will see this course shows clearly the meaning of this sentence

By Eduardo B

Apr 18, 2020

Excelente curso que me ha servido como complemento para mis clases en la universidad.

By Ryan M

Feb 2, 2022

Great course that broke a fairly complex topic down into easy to understand lessons.

By fuyunfeng

Jan 18, 2022

This is a very interesting course. With the teacher's explanation, I benefited a lot

By Longxiaow

Nov 27, 2019

great view of game theory, presentations are well managed and tests are very helpful

By Yabets S B

Mar 9, 2017

Good presentation of the Game Theory with mathematical models. Interesting course!!!