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Welcome to Game Theory

The University of Tokyo via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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This course provides a brief introduction to game theory. Our main goal is to understand the basic ideas behind the key concepts in game theory, such as equilibrium, rationality, and cooperation. The course uses very little mathematics, and it is ideal for those who are looking for a conceptual introduction to game theory.

Business competition, political campaigns, the struggle for existence by animals and plants, and so on, can all be regarded as a kind of “game,” in which individuals try to do their best against others. Game theory provides a general framework to describe and analyze how individuals behave in such “strategic” situations.

This course focuses on the key concepts in game theory, and attempts to outline the informal basic ideas that are often hidden behind mathematical definitions. Game theory has been applied to a number of disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, biology, and computer science. Therefore, a warm welcome is extended to audiences from all fields who are interested in what game theory is all about.

Taught by

Michihiro Kandori

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Reviews for Coursera's Welcome to Game Theory
4.4 Based on 13 reviews

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Adelyne C
4.0 3 years ago
by Adelyne completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
My difficulty review may be slightly biased by the fact that I have taken another game theory course previously (offered on Coursera by Matt Jackson - Prof Kandori does make mention of this course in Welcome to Game Theory as well) which I found insanely difficult. In contrast, I found that this course was literally what it says on the tin, a gentle introduction to game theory. Key topics of game theory were explained very succinctly in an easy-to-understand manner and important concepts are repeated over and over again making them rather impossible to forget. Those who are looking to learn more about the mathematical aspect of game theory would probably not enjoy this course, as there is very very little maths involved, but I now at least feel a bit more prepared and am keen on taking more advanced game theory modules.
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L B
5.0 3 years ago
L completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great and easy introduction to the subject. It was easy to follow, and while not in depth, it allowed me to understand the theory and basic principles behind Game Theory. If you want to learn basic this is very good course.
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Enrico M
5.0 3 years ago
by Enrico completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Introduces major concepts in Game Theory in an easy way. Very good to begin in this topic. Most lectures are interesing, so I didn't get bored at all (I often do in MOOCs).
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Maboroshi M
4.0 3 years ago
by Maboroshi completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A fundamental introduction to game theory. Actually it is Tokyo University that attracts me to take the course. The professor's lecture is elaborate and course design is nice. Nevertheless, Japanese English is a bit sucked!
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