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Game Theory 101: The Basics [Kindle Edition]

William Spaniel
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Book Description

New edition for the 2012-2013 school year!

Game Theory 101: The Basics is a no-nonsense, games-centered introduction to strategic form (matrix) games. From the first lesson to the last, each chapter introduces games of increasing complexity and then teaches the game theoretical tools necessary to solve them. Inside, you will find:
  • 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, and more!
  • 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, and safety in numbers!
  • Crystal clear, line-by-line calculations of every step, with more than 200 images so you don't miss a thing!
  • Tons of applications: war, trade, game shows, and duopolistic competition.
Quick, efficient, and to the point, Game Theory 101: The Basics is perfect for introductory game theory, intermediate microeconomics, and political science.


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About the Author

William Spaniel is a PhD student in political science at the University of Rochester and creator of the popular YouTube series Game Theory 101.

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  • File Size: 1746 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DGHV0I
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Game Theory? Start with this book. March 13, 2012
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A very good starter book to get to grips with the basics of game theory. Everything is well explained and I was able to breeze through it and start analysing situations for myself.

It doesn't have all the answers, but what it does is give you a firm grounding on the workings of game theory. Other explanations on the same subjects in other books that I've read don't even compare. This really was brilliantly explained.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I'd always wanted a primer for game theory and leapt on this with its low price. I found this book an excellent introduction, easy to understand, no-nonsense, dry in a good way. I want to learn more, and may go on to buy the longer version, but I'm not sure. My concern is that some proofreading really should have been done, not for mere persnicketiness but because errors occur in the worst places if you're trying to follow the logic. In the introduction to mixed strategies, the very first calculation contains a typo (4/5 instead of 1/5, if I recall correctly), which stymied me until I verified, checking the equations, that the author had set it down wrong in the explanation. Similar if less drastic typos occur later, with player 1 named instead of player 2 and a few more with confusing consequences. The author ought to consider rechecking the numbers in the later sections of the book.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for Kindle April 24, 2012
By JJ
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Tried to read this on the Kindle, as I am a great Kindle fan, but found the with the diagrams and having to go back and forth to them it was not really that easy. Might get the hard copy one day, as the book actually looked quite good.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it! May 8, 2012
By S.
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Firstly, you are misguided looking at the cover page... It looks like a comprehensive overview of Game theory. But it is just the first chapter!

The youtube videos of the author probably does a better job for a learner than this book. I strongly dis-recommend you from buying this!

the 0.99$ is too tempting to not go for it... Trust me... I wouldn't buy this book even if it were given to me free of cost....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 10, 2014
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A short treatise which brings out some simple but deep concepts. Good for a read at least once if not again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting! September 27, 2013
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As a Math student I found interesting this book, because it is an elective course I might take very soon, so I started to read it. Though Game Theory is a complex subject, this book takes you by the hand and and guides you through this fascinating path of the Mathematics, although it be just the basis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction August 7, 2013
By Andrew
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This book provides a solid introduction to game theory, outlining basic games and the tools required to solve them. Spaniel's explanations are clear and concise. He avoids over explaining any concept which makes for a rather quick read. He also makes a point of clarifying Game Theory's fallibility as a tool for exploring human behavior and cautions readers to be ever vigilant for those shortcomings. Any person new to game theory will leave this book with a clear understanding of what to expect from further study in the field.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Game Theory 101 May 28, 2012
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An easy-to-follow explanation of the basic arguments and logics behind game theory. A must for any novice. Be aware, however, that it is not necessarily easy bedtime reading and you must put on your thinking cap to extract the most value out of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book on the subject
This book found a nice medium between, say, a Thomas Schelling qualitative book with no math at all, and John von Neuman, who's got a proof on every page.
Published 5 months ago by Donald Dade
4.0 out of 5 stars good intro
This book covers the intro as it suggests. There is a lot of repetition in the examples, but I think that is helpful for newcomers to Game Theory.
Published 14 months ago by HS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I found myself wishing for something a bit kinder to my brain. Even though it was fairly basic, there seemed to be a lot packed into a small space. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ron Porter
1.0 out of 5 stars No intro material
The book is very poorly structured. It has almost no actual description of what Game Theory is, it just jumps into formulas and situations. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Liam Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars 7/10. Worth a read if you are interested in the topic
Provides a good introduction to the topic. Having known almost nothing before reading this book, I feel that I understood the basic concepts. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fatima
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful
I liked the style, very clear and neat though exhaustive. Definitely a good reading. I find myself applying some of the notions to everyday life.
Published 17 months ago by Irio Lavagno
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple e ilustrativo.
Es un libro que explica en forma simple lo básico en la teoría de juegos. Para personas no conocedoras del tema está bastante aceptable.
Published 18 months ago by Jose Duran
4.0 out of 5 stars Game Theory for aaaaaall
Basic idea of the theory is explained well in this book, I consudered this book from the point of view of a person who doesn't have any idea of the theory or its application
Published 20 months ago by Ranabir Ghosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Game Theory Review
This book is great at simplifying some core concepts of game theory in an easy to understand way. However, this book was lacking on some important concepts such as how to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Student
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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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