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Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise, Multidisciplinary Introduction (Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) Paperback – 27 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan and Claypool Publishers (27 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598295934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598295931
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Too short form for full understanding, lacking examples. It's useful but only in conjunction with the course. Anyway, I'm pleased to have it in print rather than on line.
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I was tempted by its presumably concise, short and easy introduction to game theory.
Yet, the book is an awful failure. The biggest mistake the authors have made is to incorporate mathematical notations that a non-mathematics major, lay person could not understand without having to resort to wikipedia, or a long-time no see you old math-major, friend. The notations used by the authors just don't make sense for a lay reader, and the authors do not even bother to explain them.

Do not buy this book. There are better ones, like Games of StrategyGames of Strategy by Dixit, or Introduction to game theory Introduction to Game Theory: International Editionby Martin Osborne
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3.0 out of 5 stars Concise but not for begginers 10 Mar. 2013
By lventura - Published on Amazon.com
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Actually the title represents exactly what it is, a concise introduction. It's not necessarily for beginners. Certainly it would be better used by people that already know a little of Game Theory. It's not pretended to be a text book; it is more of a companion book with remainders than a textbook with exercises. More examples explained step to step would make more useful for people interested in learning on game theory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit technical 14 Mar. 2013
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I am not a math major, and I found many of the mathematical notations a bit daunting. It has many questions, but would appreciate if the author could provide answers at the back of the book.

Very often, concrete examples illustrating the maths behind the ideas could illuminate the mathematical notations to a non-mathematicians, and if the next edition could incorporate that, that will be most helpful to the non-mathmaticians.

The topic of Baysian Games was not covered, which was a bit of a disappointment, as it is one of the books recommended by the professors teaching the course on Game Theory in Coursera, and that subject, Baysian Games was covered in the course, so I was hoping that this book would expend on that topic, but it wasn't covered in this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to game theory 4 July 2015
By Jeff Delezen - Published on Amazon.com
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Got the book to go along with the free Stanford University course on Game Theory and the corresponding Auction Theory course by the same authors. I plan on getting the first, but more extensive book Multi-Agent Systems: Algorithmic Game-theoretic and Logical Foundations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short introduction to game theory 7 Nov. 2012
By David McG - Published on Amazon.com
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This short (about 100 pages) book is an excellent introduction to game theory. Written for computer science students it is nonetheless accessible to anyone with a bit of mathematics in his/her background that includes elementary matrix and set theory and notation.
4.0 out of 5 stars and I would have liked more content 14 Oct. 2015
By RFK - Published on Amazon.com
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It's <100 pages, and I would have liked more content. But it's a good companion to the Stanford Game Theory class on Coursera.
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