This advanced course considers how to design interactions between agents in order to achieve good social outcomes. Three main topics are covered: social choice theory (i.e., collective decision making), mechanism design, and auctions.

Popularized by movies such as
"A Beautiful Mind", game theory is the mathematical modeling of
strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Over four weeks of lectures, this **advanced** course considers how to design
interactions between agents in order to achieve good social outcomes. Three
main topics are covered: social choice
theory (i.e., collective decision making), mechanism design, and auctions.

There will be four weeks of materials consisting of online videos and problem sets. We recommend that you complete the problem set for each week within that week, although the hard deadline is two weeks from the release date. On the fifth week, we will have a final exam.

**Week 1.** Social Choice

**Week 2.** Mechanism Design

**Week 3.** Efficient Mechanisms

**Week 4.** Auctions

**Week 5-6**. Final exam and final problem set.

You must be comfortable with mathematical thinking and rigorous arguments. Relatively little specific math is required; the course involves lightweight probability theory (for example, you should know what a conditional probability is) and very lightweight calculus (for instance, taking a derivative).

The following background readings provide more detailed coverage of the course material:

Multiagent Systems: Algorithmic, Game-Theoretic, and Logical Foundations, by Yoav Shoham and Kevin Leyton-Brown; Cambridge University Press, 2009. This book has the same structure as the course, and covers most of the same material. It is available as a free PDF download from the link above or for sale as a physical book from (e.g.) amazon.com.

A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory, by Matthew O. Jackson. These notes offer a quick introduction to the basics of game theory; they are available as a free PDF download.

Mechanism Theory, by Matthew O. Jackson. These notes provide the basics of social choice and mechanism design - covering weeks 2, 3, and part of 4; they are available as a free PDF download

Matching, Auctions, and Market Design, by Matthew O. Jackson. These notes cover the basics of auctions and market design - covering week 4; they are available as a free PDF download

· **Videos**.
The lectures are delivered via videos, which are broken into small
chunks, usually between five and fifteen minutes each. There will be
approximately one and a half hours of video content per week. You may watch the
lecture videos at your convenience. Lower-resolution videos are also available
for those with slow Internet connections.

· **Slides**.
We have made available pdf files of all the lecture slides.

· **Quizzes.** There will be non-graded short
"quiz" questions that will follow some of the videos to help you
gauge your understanding.

· **Online Lab Exercises. ** After some of the videos, we will ask you to
go online to play some games. These are entirely optional, and are designed to
illustrate some of the concepts from the course.

· **Problem Sets**. There will also be graded weekly problem sets
that you will also answer online, but may work through offline; those must be
completed within two weeks of the time that they are posted in order to be
graded for full credit. If you miss a problem set deadline, you may complete it
before the end of the course for half credit. You may discuss problems from the
problem sets with other students in an online forum, without providing explicit
answers.

· **Final Exam**. There will be an online final exam that you
will have to complete within two weeks of its posting. Once you begin the exam,
you will have four hours to complete it.

· **Screen-side Chats**. We will hold occasional online chats where we answer questions and discuss
topics relevant to the course.

**Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class?**Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructors.

会期:

- 2016年1月08日, 6 星期
- 2015年1月09日, 6 星期
- 2014年1月13日, 6 星期

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