The course covers the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), repeated and stochastic games, coalitional games, and Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions).
I have mixed feelings about this course. The material is inherently interesting to me but the three professors have a way sucking the fun out of it with an excess of mathematical formalism. Their lecturing ability runs the gamut from poor to atrocious. I learned quite a lot despite their best efforts, but I couldn't recommend the course to anyone without a love of math and a passion for the subject.
What I was looking for to complete some economics studies ;
Give the basics ; it is well summarized ; examples are easy to understand and well chosen.
However, still missing some more mathematical proofs but the course can be completed with books.
Very useful. thanks !
All three of the professors present the material, but not in a way that is easy to understand. I mention this because there are no prerequisites required for the class.
Once the material is presented in this class, I found that searching via google and youtube found more meaningful examples, and were easier to learn from than the professors.
One complaint I have about the class is Dr. Shoham. I found him to be very dull, lacking energy, and using very complicated formulas and difficult-to-understand ideas in his explanations. It's almost as if he were teaching to everyone that has a PHD in the subject matter.
Overall, this course is okay, but you would be better off searching for the information from other sources.
I really wanted to like this class but found the variation in the lecture styles between the three prof's distracting. One was cool, one was interesting, and one was so bad he sucked every ounce of enthusiasm for the subject right out of me. The leverage in online courses should allow only the best presenters to teach. Dr. Shoham acted like he wanted to be anywhere but sharing his genius with a dullard like me.
This is computer science theory course. It focuses on the formal mathematical concepts and shies away from applications. Don't be fooled by the title, it's not fun along with games. The course is highly quantitative and you will need a solid algebra and probability knowledge to feel comfortable. But if you're aiming fro MSCS , take it.