Stat 155: Game Theory, Spring 2013

Lectures location and time: 213 Wheeler, MW 6:30-8 PM 

The course will provide an introduction to game theory. Topics will include:

1. Auctions
2. Voting.
3. General Games and Nash Equilibrium.
4. Zero-Sum Games.
5. Matchings.
6. Combinatorial Game Theory.

Online Resources:

Piazza (for questions and discussions ; you will be invited to the site at the beginning of the semester)

BSPACE (for homework problem sets and submissions; activation at the beginning of the semester)

Voice Recordings of Lectures

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Email policy: For general interest questions, please post to Piazza.
This facilitates quick and efficient communication with the whole class.
Only email us if your question is personal and not suitable for class discussion.
We will respond within a week.

Online Textbooks:

Game Theory, Alive by Anna R. Karlin and Yuval Peres

Game Theory by Thomas S. Ferguson


. 20% - hw and/or quizzes (two lowest problem sets / quizzes will be dropped).
. 30% - midterm.
. 50% final exam.

All homeworks should be uploaded to bSpace, unless otherwise stated.
Please take the time to write clear and concise solutions; we will not grade messy or
unreadable solutions. No late homework will be accapted.  

Quizzes will be given in class at random times about once a week.
It is your responsibility to have paper and pen ready.
Students who are not present / do not submit a quiz will not obtain a grade on the quiz.

Regrading Policies:

Regrading of homeworks or exams will only be undertaken in cases where you believe there has been a genuine error or misunderstanding.
Bear in mind that our primary aim in grading is consistency, so that all students are treated the same;
for this reason, we will not adjust the score of one student on an issue of partial credit unless the score allocated clearly deviates from the grading policy we adopted for that problem.
If you wish to request a regrading of a homework or exam, you must return it to the instructor or the TA with a written note on a separate piece of paper explaining the problem.
The entire assignment may be regraded, so be sure to check the solutions to confirm that your overall score will go up after regrading.
All such requests must be received within one week from the date on which the homework or exam was made available for return.

Collaboration and online resources:

You are encouraged to work on homework problems in study groups of two to four people; however,
you must write up the solutions on your own, and you must never read or copy the solutions of other students.
For each homework you must write your group member names and SID.
Similarly, you may use books or online resources to help solve homework problems, but you must credit all such sources in your writeup and you must never copy material verbatim.
Warning:  Be aware that copying solutions, in whole or in part, from other students in the class or any other source without acknowledgment constitutes cheating.
Any student found to be cheating risks automatically failing the class and being referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Instructor: Elchanan Mossel (mossel@stat dot berkeley dot edu)
Office hours:  M 11:10-13:00, 401 EVANS

GSI: Miki Racz
Section times and location: Th 4 - 5 pm, Th 5 - 6 pm, 332 Evans
Office hours: Tu 9:10 - 11:00 am, 307 Evans

If you have any questions about your HW or Quiz grade please contact the GSI. 

Midterm:  MON, MAR 11, 2013, During class.

Final: FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013   1130-230P  

No make up Final/Midterm will be given.
No one may take the Midterm/Final exam early.




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