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Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise Multidisciplinary Introduction

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Game theory is the mathematical study of interaction among independent, self-interested agents. The audience for game theory has grown dramatically in recent years, and now spans disciplines as diverse as political science, biology, psychology, economics, linguistics, sociology, and computer science, among others. What has been missing is a relatively short introduction to ...more
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Published July 8th 2008 by Morgan & Claypool
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Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
One of the best introductions to game theory I've come across. I had signed up on Coursera for the class built around this but got to viewing the lectures (which are excellent and elaborate on the text very well) after the course had finished. Following along has been a wonderfully clear and rigorous experience. The course is to be offered again this October.

Since first reading this book I've explored a more or less representative sample from the economics side of things, and this remains a
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Ammar Lakis
needs more examples
Cain S.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a marvel of concision, clarity, and rigour.
Sandeep Bhasin
If you are taking a course on Coursera on Game Theory , this book will come in handy. Else, you will find better, detailed books on the subject. Follow this space for more...
Alistair
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Portuguese Translation
Kevin Leyton-Brown e Yoav Shoham em sua publicação de 2008 delinear o essencial da teoria dos jogos. A teoria dos jogos é o estudo das interações matemáticas entre os jogadores. Os jogadores de um jogo são ditos ser independentes, agentes self-interested. Aplicação da teoria dos jogos pode ser encontrada na economia, microeconomia, inteligência artificial, ciência da computação, biologia, ciência política, linguística e sociologia, entre outros campos de aplicações. Este
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Naessens
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it is among the recommended readings of a MOOC about Game Theory (actually it is written by some of the teachers of this MOOC).
I hope the MOOC is going to be more didactic, that it has more examples to illustrate concepts which are sometimes quite abstract.
This book lacks of examples, a lot is left to the readers including proofs and detailed calculations of examples. Concise it is, but it isn't self-explanatory. Indeed it it rather a reference of the most important or
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Daniel
Ever drank a bottle of pure ribena? It tastes nice initially, until you realise you have another 95% of the bottle to go. But equally, if you had to drink it diluted, you would need to drink 200 litres of normal ribena.

This book was like drinking pure ribena. Painfully dense. But it could easily have been a painfully long 900 page tract.
Roman Kashitsyn
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very nice brochure about game theory. Contains definitions of the basic terms and some major results of non-cooperative and cooperative game theory, and is ideal as a supplementary material or a reference. If you want to learn game theory from scratch, you'll need a different book (the brochure suggests "A Course in Game Theory" by Osborne and Rubinstein).
Kevin K
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Useful book if you have a college math degree or the equivalent. Otherwise, don't buy this book! There are no exercises for working with the solution concepts. Essentially this is a reference volume giving mathemetical definitions of all the core elements of game theory, and not much more. If you want to take the course that goes with the book (highly recommended!), and get a discount on the book itself, visit:
http://www.coursera.org/course/gameth...
Kyriakos Chatzidimitriou
More of a concise reference
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