Game Theory and Applications I

Econ 166A, CMPS 166A

Fall 2010

(Course Numbers: Econ166A: 23311, CMPS166A: 23312)

 

Announcements

           12/3  --  Practice Final Exam Questions are available. (Solutions)

           10/22 – Slides from Traffic Games Material available (see topics column, lecture 9 below)

           10/21 -- Practice Midterm Questions are available. (Solutions to these. Donít look at them until you attempt all the problems!)

 

          

 

Lectures:   

           Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 - 11:45 am

           Crown College 208

 

Announcements:           

 

Instructors:

Barry Sinervo

Office:                               Earth and Marine Sciences Building, A409

Office Hours:                    10-12pm Mondays

Email:                               sinervo@biology.ucsc.edu

 

John Musacchio

Office:                               E2 Room 557

Office hours:                     4:15-5:15 Tuesday, 11-12 Wednesday 1-2pm Wednesday

Email:                               johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistant:

TBA

                   

Course Description:            

The course introduces students to modern game theory, including applications in social science, biology and engineering. Students are expected to have declared a major in Engineering, Physical and Biological Sciences, or Social Sciences, and to be able to use the tools of differential calculus and basic probability theory.

Text Book:

           Games, Strategies and Decision Making, by Joseph Harrington, Worth Publishers, 2008.

              

 

Tentative Lecture Plan:

 

 

Class #

Date

Topics

Required Reading

(from Harrington unless

otherwise noted)

Instructor

(subject to change!)

Assignments

1

9/23

 

Class introduction

 

 

B.Sinervo and J. Musacchio

Class Project

2

9/28

Extensive form and strategic form games

 

Chapters 1 & 2

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 1a out

3

9/30

Concepts of dominance: weakly and strongly dominated strategies, iterated dominance

Chapter 3.1 - 3.2

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 1b out

4

10/5

Dominance concepts continued

Chapter 3.3 - 3.4

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 1a due

Problem Set 1b due

Problem Set 1 Solutions

Problem Set 2a out

5

10/7

Nash equilibria

(Disc. games of 2 or 3 players)

Chapter 4.1 - 4.3

John Musacchio

Problem Set 2b out

6

10/12

Nash equilibria contíd

(Disc. games of 2 or 3 players)

 

Chapter 4.4 - 4.5

John Musacchio

 

7

10/14

N-player, discrete games – symmetric and asymmetric

Chapter 5

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 2a due

Problem Set 2b due

Problem Set 2a solutions

Problem Set 2b solutions

Problem Set 3a out

8

10/19

Nash eq. in continuous games

 

Chapter 6.1 - 6.2

John Musacchio

Problem Set 3b out

9

10/21

Nash eq. in continuous games,

Congestion Game Applications

Traffic games

[slides][handouts]

Chapter 6.3

John Musacchio

PRACTICE MIDTERM

(PRACTICE MIDTERM SOLUTIONS)

10

10/26

Randomized strategies

Chapter 7

Dan Friedman

Problem Set 3a due

Problem Set 3b due

Problem Set 3 Solutions

11

10/28

MIDTERM EXAM

(Solutions)

 

 

Problem Set 4a out

12

11/2

Sequential games w/ perfect info

 

Chapter 8

John Musacchio

Problem Set 4b out

13

11/4

Sequential games w/ imperfect info

Chapter 9

John Musacchio

Problem Set 4a due

Problem Set 4a Solutions

14

11/9

Games with private information

Chapter 10

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 4b due

Problem Set 4b Solutions

Problem Set 5a out

 

11/11

Veterans Day Holiday

 

 

 

15

11/16

Evolutionary Games

spreadsheet from class

Chapters 16 & 17

Barry Sinervo

Problem Set 5a due

Problem Set 6a out

16

11/18

Repeated games

Chapters 13 & 14

Dan Friedman

Project Proposal Due

 

17

11/23

Signaling and cheap talk games

 

Chapters 11 & 12

John Musacchio

Problem Set 6b due

 

11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

18

11/30

Student project presentations

 

 

 

19

12/2

Student project presentations

 

 

 

 

12/8

(Wed.)

FINAL EXAM

Time: 12-3pm

 

 

  PRACTICE FINAL

(solutions)