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Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook [Kindle Edition]

William Spaniel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook is a no-nonsense, games-centered introduction to strategic form (matrix) and extensive form (game tree) games. From the first lesson to the last, this textbook introduces games of increasing complexity and then teaches the game theoretical tools necessary to solve them. Inside, you will find:

1) All the basics fully explained, including pure strategy Nash equilibrium, mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, the mixed strategy algorithm, how to calculate payoffs, strict dominance, weak dominance, iterated elimination of strictly dominated strategies, iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies, subgame perfect equilibrium, backward induction, forward induction, and more.

2) Dozens of games solved, including the prisoner’s dilemma, stag hunt, matching pennies, zero sum games, battle of the sexes/Bach or Stravinsky, chicken/snowdrift, pure coordination, deadlock, safety in numbers, Selten's game, the escalation game, the ultimatum game, the pirate game, nim, the centipede game, the hawk-dove game, the volunteer's dilemma, and rock-paper-scissors.

3) Rich descriptions of important economic concepts such as commitment problems, burning bridges, perverse incentives, and the chain store paradox.

4) Advanced topics such as generalized games, comparative statics, and knife-edge conditions.

5) Real world applications including wars, firm entry/exit, tournament strategy, arms races, advertising, game shows, soccer, baseball, video games, and more.

6) Crystal clear, line-by-line calculations of every step, with more than 400 images so you don’t miss a thing.

Quick, efficient, and to the point, Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook is perfect for introductory game theory, intermediate microeconomics, and political science.


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People often ask me to recommend a book that gives an introduction to game theory. Up until now I strangely did not have a proper answer....But today I am thrilled to say there is finally a great game theory introduction that I can recommend. The e-book is called: Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook. --Presh Talwalkar, Mind Your Decisions

About the Author

William Spaniel is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Rochester, creator of the popular YouTube series Game Theory 101, and founder of gametheory101.com. You can email him at williamspaniel@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @gametheory101.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2684 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492728152
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L7ANWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction to the subject April 30, 2012
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Very nice work. Thanks so much to the author for his efforts. I bought the $3.99 ($1 price increase) version. [The author responds to comments on his blog. He told me the proice went up to $3.99 when he added the third chapter. Good for those with the $2.99 version to know.] Still a bargain. What is nice is that once I bought it, Amazon has an app that let's me download it again (for free) to my iPod Touch. Perfect level for short seminar that I may give soon to retired folks as a supplement.

I gave it a high rating because it is an excellent job for what it is. It is not intended as a mathematical treatise on the subject. You will still want to read it with pencil and paper at hand as you would with any technical subject matter.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought that this was a very informative book. December 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I totally disagree with the one star review previously posted. I'm not a rocket scientist. I need books like this to spell things out for me. This book delivered the information that I needed in way that I could understand. Too bad other people think that a wikipedia article could replace a book this packed with information. I really hate when people give one star reviews on books that don't deserve it because they think they could have done a better job. Take the time to read the description. You will get exactly what the author has described.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! March 6, 2012
By Igor
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Simple and direct to the point. A good introduction text for a good price to who have some little time to learn a new topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really helped with my game theory class March 4, 2013
By Bob
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This book was an easy read that helped explain some game theory methods. It doesn't cover all of them, at least not by names I recognize. For example, I couldn't find Bayesian games at all, and coalition games may be covered, by not by the same name. Still, the first half was right on topic with what my class covered. For the price, it was definitely worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video to Textbook Guide June 2, 2013
By Loopulk
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This textbook is helping me learn Game Theory in a way that is efficient and fun. The simple "read the textbook sub chapter, then watch the video" formula allows me to understand the material in the textbook at my own passe, then review it in a fun, easy to understand environment whilst using more of my senses so it lasts longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In South Korea, It still works April 28, 2013
By Kim
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My professor of game theory was really outstanding, But, He is little bit presumptuous in that he frequently used log functions to get the best response, which I would never know where it comes from. However, with this book, I can figure out how to get the best response in the pay-off matrix unlike other peers in my class. The only thing I can say is that I was batter off with this book. Although the result of the midterm exam didn't come out, but, given the time I had been doing Facebook, or reading Harvard Business Review(Odd Habit?) instead of focusing on the class, It's certain I performed well, because I solved all questions . Anyway, I wanna desperately recommend this book for someone like me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for my son. May 28, 2013
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Ordered this product for my son and he really enjoys it. He would order other items by William Spaniel in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game theory for beginners explained really well June 27, 2012
By Favaz
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Game theory for beginners explained really well, every step is articulated in a very clear way that you can't miss one.
There is no hard math so it's really easy to understand.
If you are choosing for a game theory book and you don't know where to start, this book is your pick
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBJECT BUT ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND IT ...
IT IS CLEAR, GOOD INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBJECT BUT ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND IT BECOMES BORING GOING STEP BY STEP THE NEXT PAGES.
Published 1 month ago by jaime
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introductory text
Ah, Game Theory. A concept hollywood has transformed into the shorthand for 'super smart guy'. With this textbook, William Spaniel shows the reader what game theory is really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James B.
5.0 out of 5 stars I like anything about strategy.
This book is fun simply because it makes you think -- and not too many books do that. I confess I'm only halfway through it but I like it.
Published 5 months ago by Madeleine M. Miehls
5.0 out of 5 stars Well explained and good introduction to game theory
Game theory is an interesting field of science, but it is not easy to pick up for everyone unfortunately : this book is the ultimate introduction to game theory and goes through a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Reading Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Really well laid out information. If you want to learn some game theory this is the best and* cheapest way to go.
Published 7 months ago by ak
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books written on game theory
User friendly and well explained with enough detail to understand it without confusing you and the book gets straight to the point and doesnt talk about the subjects in general... Read more
Published 10 months ago by jonathan saez
3.0 out of 5 stars A BIT REPETITIVE
Some of it a bit repetitive. However it gives a good grounding to this limited but interesting aspect of games theory.
Published 10 months ago by Don Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and bargain. Learn alot about Game Theory
Enjoyed the book and learned a lot. It started with the beginnings and progressed to the more complex at exactly the right speed.
Published 11 months ago by roger varnadore
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it a hollow treatise
Thought this book would help me understand game theory, but it's very repetitious rather than enlightening. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. Nanners
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource on Game Theory!
This outstanding e-Textbook quickly gave me the understanding of Game Theory that I needed for the class I was taking.
Published 11 months ago by Jake Jones
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William Spaniel is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Rochester, creator of the popular YouTube series Game Theory 101, and founder of gametheory101.com. You can email him at williamspaniel@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @gametheory101.

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