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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.

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  • File Size: 3552 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L7ANWC
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William Spaniel holds a PhD in political science at the University of Rochester, is the creator of the popular YouTube series Game Theory 101, and is the founder of gametheory101.com. You can email him at williamspaniel@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @gametheory101.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Saks on 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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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Igor on March 6, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim on April 28, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loopulk on June 2, 2013
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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 By Favaz on June 27, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 28, 2013
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I had taken game theory in my masters program. I wish this one book was available to me 10 years ago. It solves many problems in full details. (Please don't go by one poor review. Whatever he claims are absent are actually present in lesson 1. There are lots of applications throughout the book. Game theory cannot be understood without examples and applications.)

The book is a must have for anyone who wants to dive at various levels of game theory.
The book builds gradually from simple concepts to advanced concepts in a spoon-feeding fashion.

Its been 10 years since I had lost touch and this book not just refreshed my concepts, but also proved that if a book is well written then anyone can be made to understand difficult subject like game theory. After reading this one book you will not feel that game theory is only for the elite or cannot be re-learnt after completing college.

Once you cover lesson 1, you will be covering lots of lessons quickly because your fundamentals and foundations will be already very strong.

Though I had some exposure in game theory (10 yrs ago), I am confident that anyone not exposed to this theory will equally understand and internalize the concept from this book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob "Bodhi" Wolff on February 1, 2013
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I am currently taking a course in Game Theory, and this book (and video series) is the key to connecting all the dots for me. While my regular lectures are fine, they lecturers tend not to think in terms of somebody trying to learn the subject matter.

Some people have the teaching knack, while others don't. The author of this book has it, and you get to enjoy the benefits!

The author has an eye towards having you learn Game Theory in a meaningful and substantial fashion. He walks you through the various concepts, and manages to do with an efficiency and style that takes all the stress and effort out of it.

If you are delving into this subject matter, I highly recommend that you pick up this book as an additional resource, and watch his videos when you're looking for a little more instruction.

It has made my coursework infinitely more enjoyable!
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