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Game Theory

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.

Created by:  Stanford University, The University of British Columbia

Taught by:  Matthew O. Jackson, Professor , Kevin Leyton-Brown, Professor , Yoav Shoham, Professor

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Online Course Syllabus:

This course is Eight module long and is designed to be Completed in eight weeks.

 Introduction and Overview
Introduction, overview, uses of game theory, some applications and examples, and formal definitions of: the normal form, payoffs, strategies, pure strategy Nash equilibrium, dominant strategies
Mixed-Strategy Nash Equilibrium
Pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibria
Alternate Solution Concepts
Iterative removal of strictly dominated strategies, minimax strategies and the minimax theorem for zero-sum game, correlated equilibria
Extensive-Form Games
Perfect information games: trees, players assigned to nodes, payoffs, backward Induction, subgame perfect equilibrium, introduction to imperfect-information games, mixed versus behavioral strategies.
Repeated Games
Repeated prisoners dilemma, finite and infinite repeated games, limited-average versus future-discounted reward, folk theorems, stochastic games and learning.
Bayesian Games
General definitions, ex ante/interim Bayesian Nash equilibrium.
Coalitional Games
Transferable utility cooperative games, Shapley value, Core, applications.
Final Exam
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