Games People Play: Thinking Strategically with Game Theory
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Games People Play: Thinking Strategically with Game Theory

Use game theory in thinking strategically in any life situation
4.4 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
503 students enrolled
Created by Loony Corn
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify different parts of our brain, and how they correspond to different voices in our head
  • Understand primary motivations, including complex urges such as craving fairness and independence
  • Seek the state of flow, a mental state of intense concentration and joy, brought on by work
  • Classify personalities into 32 categories using the Big Five Personality Traits
  • Understand how memory works, why it is reconstructive and associative
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  • This course does not require any software

This is a practical applied course in game theory, that's about thinking strategically in any life situation, personal or professional.

Let's parse that.

  • Game Theory: Almost every interaction we engage in involves participants with some level of conflict all trying to achieve their own goals. Game theory provides a scientific framework to analyze these situations and identify the best way forward.
  • Thinking Strategically: Game theory requires you to analyze the motivations of every player, their value systems, strengths and weaknesses and how all of these interact with each other.

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Please use the discussion forums on this course to engage with other students and to help each other out. Unfortunately, much as we would like to, it is not possible for us at Loonycorn to respond to individual questions from students:-(

We're super small and self-funded with only 2 people developing technical video content. Our mission is to make high-quality courses available at super low prices.

The only way to keep our prices this low is to *NOT offer additional technical support over email or in-person*. The truth is, direct support is hugely expensive and just does not scale.

We understand that this is not ideal and that a lot of students might benefit from this additional support. Hiring resources for additional support would make our offering much more expensive, thus defeating our original purpose.

It is a hard trade-off.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Who is the target audience?
  • Yep! Anyone curious to understand how to formally analyze strategic situations
  • Yep! Anyone curious to gain a practical applied understanding of game theory
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
You, This Course and Us
1 Lecture 02:16
Approaching Strategic Games
10 Lectures 01:08:21

Examples of Strategic Games

Game Theory as a framework for Strategic Thinking

Classifying Strategic Games

The Order of Play : Sequential vs Simultaneous games

What's in it for me? : Zero-sum vs Non-Zero sum games

Tell me your secrets : Asymmetric Information games

Can we make a deal? : Cooperative vs Non-cooperative games

Thinking Long term : Repeated games

Bending the rules : Fixed vs Manipulable games
The Foundations of Game Theory
6 Lectures 43:31

Know your Options : Strategies

What's in it for me? : Payoffs

Playing smart : The assumption of rationality

Rules are common knowledge

How do you solve a game?
Playing Sequential Games
7 Lectures 01:25:25

Visualizing a Game Tree

Solving a Game Tree: Rollback Equilibrium

Example 1: To smoke or not to smoke?

Example 2: Voting in a Legislature I

Example 3: Voting in a Legislature II

Example 4: Computer Chess
Playing Simultaneous Games
8 Lectures 01:24:24
Imperfect Information in Simultaneous Games

Building a Payoff Table

Nash Equilibrium for Simultaneous Games

Properties of the Nash Equilibrium

Classifying Simultaneous Games

The Dominance Method

The Best Response Method

The Minimax Method for Zero-sum games
Game Theory in Economics : Understanding a Duopoly
4 Lectures 51:47
Discounting & Loyalty

The Rivalry Game

Trust and Honor in Organized Crime

Winner-Takes-All Games and Sports in Society
About the Instructor
Loony Corn
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An ex-Google, Stanford and Flipkart team

Loonycorn is us, Janani Ravi and Vitthal Srinivasan. Between us, we have studied at Stanford, been admitted to IIM Ahmedabad and have spent years  working in tech, in the Bay Area, New York, Singapore and Bangalore.

Janani: 7 years at Google (New York, Singapore); Studied at Stanford; also worked at Flipkart and Microsoft

Vitthal: Also Google (Singapore) and studied at Stanford; Flipkart, Credit Suisse and INSEAD too

We think we might have hit upon a neat way of teaching complicated tech courses in a funny, practical, engaging way, which is why we are so excited to be here on Udemy!

We hope you will try our offerings, and think you'll like them :-)