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Games People Play: Game Theory In Life, Business And Beyond (The Great Courses)

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Ever since modern game theory-the scientific study of interactive, rational decision making-achieved prominence in the mid-20th century, it has proven instrumental in helping us understand how and why we make decisions. Game theory plays a crucial role in our lives and provides startling insights into all endeavors in which humans cooperate or compete, including biology, c ...more
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Sam Erickson
Jul 15, 2016 Sam Erickson rated it liked it
Game theory is pretty interesting. It's also pretty difficult to follow when it's an audio rip of a video and he talks about graphs, matrices, and formula that I can't see.

Seriously though take some time to learn more about game theory. It's a pretty enlightening field.
Troy Blackford
Sep 17, 2015 Troy Blackford rated it it was amazing
This was a very in-depth look at Game Theory and its implications across a range of disciplines, from evolution to business. Intensely interesting, but much more mathematical than my mind can readily grasp. It was well-worth the extra effort, as this could help you attain deeper understanding in a variety of situations.
Ilya
Jan 09, 2010 Ilya rated it really liked it
excellent introduction to game theory. the course is very eloquently presented, and is filled with a multitude of real-life examples and corny mathematician jokes.

in particular, the chapters on signalling/screening, and threats/commitments as ways to change the nature of a game were surprising.

the employer/employee examples made me wonder if anyone ever modeled a software team as a multi-player game. especially in larger, distributed teams there is often a tendency to kick responsibility over a
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Usman Chohan
Jan 11, 2013 Usman Chohan rated it it was amazing
takeaways:
the war of attrition structure leads us to pay $400 for a $100 bill becsuse the cost of defeat as you just cross $100 us less than that at $90.
arrow's impossibility theorem says that no voting system can work perfectly, because it faiks to satisfy 3 properties: transitive property; independence from irrelevant alternatives; and unanimity. dictatorship is shockungly the inly methid that coukd satisfy the 3 propertues. this is why arrow's 4th property was ti disallow dictatorship as an
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Tom
Aug 13, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a survey course or book on Game Theory. This was an excellent such overview. The material covered a broad spectrum of game theory, including its background, applications in a number of fields, and many enlightening examples. The presentations were enthusiastically presented and kept my interest throughout. As a survey course, it did not delve into the deeper mathematical aspects, but it definitely piqued my interest and gave recommendations as to where to find more detailed exp ...more
Brian
Mar 01, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent introduction to game theory. I recommend it to managers, economists, political scientists-to anyone interacting with others in a role involving negotiation. I've watched it three times.
Ali
Jun 06, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it
Shelves: techinical, science
I wanted to have an insight about the Game Theory and this lecture did much more than that.
The way Dr. Stevens concluded the whole series in the last lecture was heart warming.
Bram
Nov 20, 2012 Bram rated it really liked it
Fantastic introduction to game theory!

The only thing that bothers me: it is not that suitable as an audio book. "On the pay-off matrix you see...".
Marts  (Thinker)
A series of lectures on the elements of Game Theory presented by Scott P. Stevens
Daniel
Oct 29, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
A fascinating introductory course on game theory.
Christian
Oct 06, 2013 Christian rated it really liked it
Good. Allows me to recognise the actual games that happened daily.
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