Game Theory

Instructor: David Marker

Class Meets: TR 11:00-12:15 Lincoln Hall 312

Office: 404 SEO

Office Hours: Mon 2:30-4:30, Wed 1:30-3:00

phone: (312) 996-3069

e-mail: marker@uic.edu

course webpage: http://www.math.uic.edu/~marker/stat473-F17

This webpage will be the primary source for problem sets and course handouts. There will also be a course site on UIC Blackboard where I will post solutions to homework and grade information.

- J. Harrington,
*Games, Strategies and Decision Making*, Worth, 2015.

- basic probability--expectation, Bayes rule
- basic calculus--particularly using calculus to find maximums and minimums

- Strategic games, mixed strategies, Nash equilibrium, duopoly;
- Extensive games of perfect information;
- Repeated games;
- Bayesian games;
- Extensive games of imperfect information;
- If time permits, additional topics will be chosen based on the interests of the class. Possible additional topics include evolutionary games, cooperative games and bargaining.

- There will be frequent problem sets that will be collected and graded. The two lowest grades will be dropped. Late homework will be accepted only in exceptional circumstances. For full credit problem sets must be written carefully and clearly.
- You may discuss homework problems with other students, but you must write up your solution independently.
- Solutions to Problem Sets will be posted on the course
**Blackboard**webpage. - The text contains many
*Check Your Understanding*problems with solutions in the back. Doing these problems is probably the best way to study the material.

- Problem Set 1
**Due Thursday September 7** - Problem Set 2: Do Chapter 3 Problems 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
**Due Thursday September 14** - Problem Set 3
**Due Thursday September 21** - Problem Set 4
**Due Thursday September 28** - Problem Set 5
**Due Thursday October 5** - Problem Set 6
**Due Thursday October 19** - Problem Set 7
**Due Thursday October 26**Chapter 10: 2, 5, 14, 17 - Problem Set 8
**Due Thursday November 2** - Problem Set 9
**Due Thursday November 9**Chapter 11: 8, 9, 13 - Problem Set 10
**Due Thursday November 16** - Problem Set 11
**Due Thursday November 30** - Problem Set 12
**Due Thursday December 7**

Midterm 1: Thursday October 12

Midterm 2: Tuesday November 21

Final Exam: Monday December 11, 10:30-12:30

- Week by week syllabus
- Reading guide
- Notes on iterated elimination of dominated strategies and Nash equilibrium
- Study Guide for Midterm 1 (October 12)
- Notes on auctions
- Study Guide for Midterm 2 (November 21)
- Notes on Gale-Shapley stable matching algorithm
- Notes on Folk Theorem (see section 15.3)
- Study Guide for Final (December 11)

David Marker's homepage

Last Revised: 11/10/17