Game theory: Online course by Stanford Univ & Univ of British Columbia

Game theory: Online course

 

This course covers the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), repeated and stochastic games, coalitional games, and Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions).

About the course

Popularised 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.

Course Syllabus

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2. Mixed-strategy Nash equilibria

Week 3. Alternate solution concepts

Week 4. Extensive-form games

Week 5. Repeated games

Week 6. Coalitional games

Week 7. Bayesian games

Prerequisites

Course takes must be comfortable with mathematical thinking and rigorous arguments. Relatively little specific math is required; the course involves lightweight probability theory (for example, you should know what a conditional probability is) and very lightweight calculus (for instance, taking a derivative).

Course Sessions

October 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014

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