Course Overview
Teacher
William Spaniel holds a PhD in political science from the University of Rochester and is a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Beginning in the fall of 2016, he will be an assistant professor in political science at the... View ProfileDetails
 Total Time 4 hr, 26 min
 Lessons 36
 Attachments 37
 Exercises 149

151 CQ
36 Lessons in This Course

6 minFREEStatistics lesson 1Free4 CQ
Learn to think on your feet! Follow along with this game theory series to better understand how people behave when confronted with a variety of decisions.
with William SpanielLearn to think on your feet! Follow along with this game theory series to better understand how people behave when confronted with a variety of decisions.

5 minFREEStatistics lesson 2Free3 CQ
What happens if two suspects are questioned on suspicion of robbery? If everyone is looking out for their own interests, the results might surprise you!
with William SpanielWhat happens if two suspects are questioned on suspicion of robbery? If everyone is looking out for their own interests, the results might surprise you!

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 3Free4 CQ
Learn to apply the Prisoner's Dilemma approach to a larger game using a tactic called iterative elimination of strategically dominated strategies.
with William SpanielLearn to apply the Prisoner's Dilemma approach to a larger game using a tactic called iterative elimination of strategically dominated strategies.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 4Free5 CQ
Inspired by the movie "A Beautiful Mind?" Learn what it really means to find a Nash equilibrium—or winwin situation—in this Game Theory 101 lesson.
with William SpanielInspired by the movie "A Beautiful Mind?" Learn what it really means to find a Nash equilibrium—or winwin situation—in this Game Theory 101 lesson.

5 minFREEStatistics lesson 5Free3 CQ
Game theory isn't just about winning or losing, it's how you play the game. Learn how the Nash equilibrium can help you achieve great things!
with William SpanielGame theory isn't just about winning or losing, it's how you play the game. Learn how the Nash equilibrium can help you achieve great things!

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 6Free5 CQ
Do you play logic games or like to strategize? In this game theory lesson, learn how to solve for best responses based on the Nash equilibrium.
with William SpanielDo you play logic games or like to strategize? In this game theory lesson, learn how to solve for best responses based on the Nash equilibrium.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 7Free4 CQ
Do you know how to solve a twoplayer game that results in only one winner and one loser? Learn how to win a game when no pure strategy Nash equilibria exist.
with William SpanielDo you know how to solve a twoplayer game that results in only one winner and one loser? Learn how to win a game when no pure strategy Nash equilibria exist.

9 minFREEStatistics lesson 8Free5 CQ
How do you strategize or come to a decision when no pure Nash equilibria are present? This game theory lesson teaches you all about mixed strategy algorithms
with William SpanielHow do you strategize or come to a decision when no pure Nash equilibria are present? This game theory lesson teaches you all about mixed strategy algorithms

4 minFREEStatistics lesson 9Free3 CQ
Ever lost easy points on a game theory assignment or test for a slightly wrong conclusion? Learn why you should forsake the decimals and stick to fractions.
with William SpanielEver lost easy points on a game theory assignment or test for a slightly wrong conclusion? Learn why you should forsake the decimals and stick to fractions.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 10Free5 CQ
Learn how to run a mixed strategy algorithm—once you can calculate the payoffs for a mixed strategy, you can make an educated decision and the best choice.
with William SpanielLearn how to run a mixed strategy algorithm—once you can calculate the payoffs for a mixed strategy, you can make an educated decision and the best choice.

6 minFREEStatistics lesson 11Free4 CQ
In this game theory lesson, learn how to determine the the best possible outcome by calculating the payoffs for a mixed strategy Nash equilibrium.
with William SpanielIn this game theory lesson, learn how to determine the the best possible outcome by calculating the payoffs for a mixed strategy Nash equilibrium.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 12Free4 CQ
In this game theory lesson on strictly dominant mixed strategies, learn how to improve your outcome by eliminating options that are least beneficial.
with William SpanielIn this game theory lesson on strictly dominant mixed strategies, learn how to improve your outcome by eliminating options that are least beneficial.

5 minFREEStatistics lesson 13Free3 CQ
A show of weakness isn't always a bad thing – learn about weak dominance in game theory, and how these strategies can result in multiple Nash equilibria.
with William SpanielA show of weakness isn't always a bad thing – learn about weak dominance in game theory, and how these strategies can result in multiple Nash equilibria.

4 minFREEStatistics lesson 14Free3 CQ
There's not always a single dominant strategy in a game theory scenario  discover how a set of mixed strategies can result in infinitely many Nash equilibria.
with William SpanielThere's not always a single dominant strategy in a game theory scenario  discover how a set of mixed strategies can result in infinitely many Nash equilibria.

6 minFREEStatistics lesson 15Free4 CQ
The Odd Rule states that almost all game theory games have an odd number of equilibria. Learn about the Free Money game, an exception to the Odd Rule.
with William SpanielThe Odd Rule states that almost all game theory games have an odd number of equilibria. Learn about the Free Money game, an exception to the Odd Rule.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 16Free4 CQ
How does game theory change when opponents make sequential rather than simultaneous moves? Learn about subgame equilibrium and credible threats.
with William SpanielHow does game theory change when opponents make sequential rather than simultaneous moves? Learn about subgame equilibrium and credible threats.

4 minFREEStatistics lesson 17Free3 CQ
War: what is it good for? Learn to use backward induction to determine each player's optimal strategy in deciding between peace and escalation to war.
with William SpanielWar: what is it good for? Learn to use backward induction to determine each player's optimal strategy in deciding between peace and escalation to war.

3 minFREEStatistics lesson 18Free2 CQ
Learn how not to write a subgame perfect equilibrium: avoid the classic blunders such as omitting strategies that are off the equilibrium path of play.
with William SpanielLearn how not to write a subgame perfect equilibrium: avoid the classic blunders such as omitting strategies that are off the equilibrium path of play.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 19Free5 CQ
Most game theory scenarios have one subgame equilibrium, but if players are indifferent due to equal payoff, there can be multiple subgame perfect equilibria.
with William SpanielMost game theory scenarios have one subgame equilibrium, but if players are indifferent due to equal payoff, there can be multiple subgame perfect equilibria.

4 minFREEStatistics lesson 20Free3 CQ
Learn when and why to burn your bridges (i.e., limit your own options) in this lesson on creating credible threats in subgame equilibrium game theory.
with William SpanielLearn when and why to burn your bridges (i.e., limit your own options) in this lesson on creating credible threats in subgame equilibrium game theory.

5 minFREEStatistics lesson 21Free3 CQ
Commitment problems getting you down? Follow along with this game theory lesson to see how commitment problems can explain inefficient outcomes in real life.
with William SpanielCommitment problems getting you down? Follow along with this game theory lesson to see how commitment problems can explain inefficient outcomes in real life.

4 minFREEStatistics lesson 22Free3 CQ
Discover the Centipede Game, a game theory conundrum where the inability of players to credibly commit prevents a high payoff ... in theory. But in practice?
with William SpanielDiscover the Centipede Game, a game theory conundrum where the inability of players to credibly commit prevents a high payoff ... in theory. But in practice?

11 minFREEStatistics lesson 23Free6 CQ
Learn about the mathematical modeling of game theory scenarios, and see why real players don't always follow the solution suggested by backward induction.
with William SpanielLearn about the mathematical modeling of game theory scenarios, and see why real players don't always follow the solution suggested by backward induction.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 24Free4 CQ
You know about backward induction in game theory, which assumes that all future play will be rational. But what about the opposite technique? Learn it here!
with William SpanielYou know about backward induction in game theory, which assumes that all future play will be rational. But what about the opposite technique? Learn it here!

9 minFREEStatistics lesson 25Free5 CQ
Learn how probability distributions affect advanced strategic form game theory puzzles, and how to solve the mixed strategy algorithm using variables.
with William SpanielLearn how probability distributions affect advanced strategic form game theory puzzles, and how to solve the mixed strategy algorithm using variables.

14 minFREEStatistics lesson 26Free8 CQ
Tackle the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ game from a new angle and learn to solve for pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibria using variables instead of numbers.
with William SpanielTackle the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ game from a new angle and learn to solve for pure and mixed strategy Nash equilibria using variables instead of numbers.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 27Free5 CQ
Slice into the precarious world of knifeedge equilibria  a kind of game theory equilibrium that exists for a single and exact payoff value.
with William SpanielSlice into the precarious world of knifeedge equilibria  a kind of game theory equilibrium that exists for a single and exact payoff value.

9 minFREEStatistics lesson 28Free5 CQ
The game's in overtime, so it's time for game theory! Learn how to solve for a player’s strategy when they’re faced with trying to score a soccer penalty kick.
with William SpanielThe game's in overtime, so it's time for game theory! Learn how to solve for a player’s strategy when they’re faced with trying to score a soccer penalty kick.

10 minFREEStatistics lesson 29Free6 CQ
Game theory fans, meet comparative statics. Learn how a game's outputs change as a function of its inputs and discover it’s real life implications.
with William SpanielGame theory fans, meet comparative statics. Learn how a game's outputs change as a function of its inputs and discover it’s real life implications.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 30Free4 CQ
Game theory strategies: why can't they all get along? Learn how to tell if a pure strategy is in support of a mixed strategy by calculating expected utility.
with William SpanielGame theory strategies: why can't they all get along? Learn how to tell if a pure strategy is in support of a mixed strategy by calculating expected utility.

7 minFREEStatistics lesson 31Free4 CQ
Want to dominate game theory? Work through the "Take or Share" game and learn a trick that will have you second guessing your mom's advice on sharing.
with William SpanielWant to dominate game theory? Work through the "Take or Share" game and learn a trick that will have you second guessing your mom's advice on sharing.

6 minFREEStatistics lesson 32Free4 CQ
How can you win Rock, Paper, Scissors? Not with a pure strategy, that’s for sure! Learn the theory behind the game, and see why you just can't beat randomness.
with William SpanielHow can you win Rock, Paper, Scissors? Not with a pure strategy, that’s for sure! Learn the theory behind the game, and see why you just can't beat randomness.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 33Free5 CQ
Rock, Paper... Symmetry? Learn about symmetric zero sum games: game theory scenarios in which each player's expected utility at equilibrium must equal zero.
with William SpanielRock, Paper... Symmetry? Learn about symmetric zero sum games: game theory scenarios in which each player's expected utility at equilibrium must equal zero.

9 minFREEStatistics lesson 34Free5 CQ
Solve a modified rock, paper, scissors game theory scenario, and along the way, learn about the zero sum theorem and mixed strategy Nash equilibria.
with William SpanielSolve a modified rock, paper, scissors game theory scenario, and along the way, learn about the zero sum theorem and mixed strategy Nash equilibria.

8 minFREEStatistics lesson 35Free5 CQ
Game theory needn't mix you up! Use this algorithm to solve for the mixed strategy Nash equilibrium in games with three possible strategies.
with William SpanielGame theory needn't mix you up! Use this algorithm to solve for the mixed strategy Nash equilibrium in games with three possible strategies.

5 minFREEStatistics lesson 36Free3 CQ
You've tackled Game Theory 101, so what's next? Get a sneak preview of repeated games, incomplete information, bargaining, international relations, and voting.
with William SpanielYou've tackled Game Theory 101, so what's next? Get a sneak preview of repeated games, incomplete information, bargaining, international relations, and voting.

69532 minFREE69part Political Science courseFree302 CQ
In this extensive international relations course, gain real insight into the forces, structures, and ideas that influence how nations strategize to survive and prosper in the realm of global politics.
with William SpanielIn this extensive international relations course, gain real insight into the forces, structures, and ideas that influence how nations strategize to survive and prosper in the realm of global politics.

10129 min10part Math course70 CQ
Statistics may sound like a dry topic, but developing data analysis skills will unlock fascinating worlds! In this 10lesson course from statistics teacher Zac Rappell, start by understanding group data and central tendencies (mean, median, and mode), then explore measures of spread (range, IQR, and standard deviation). Learn how to create stem and leaf and box and whisker plots, and practice comparing data sets to identify new relationships. Finish with a fun final project analyzing the Oscars!
with Zachary RappellStatistics may sound like a dry topic, but developing data analysis skills will unlock fascinating worlds! In this 10lesson course from statistics teacher Zac Rappell, start by understanding group data and central tendencies (mean, median, and mode), then explore measures of spread (range, IQR, and standard deviation). Learn how to create stem and leaf and box and whisker plots, and practice comparing data sets to identify new relationships. Finish with a fun final project analyzing the Oscars!

856 min8part Statistics course33 CQ
Mike Marin explains R programming languages basics, and shows you how to install the integrated development environment (IDE), perform arithmetic operations, and import data from Excel.
with MarinStatsLecturesMike Marin explains R programming languages basics, and shows you how to install the integrated development environment (IDE), perform arithmetic operations, and import data from Excel.

10101 min10part Software Development course55 CQ
Building a video game is a wonderful learning experience that uses many different skills. Learn learn how to build a game using Scratch, a free game design software from M.I.T.
with Richard PothBuilding a video game is a wonderful learning experience that uses many different skills. Learn learn how to build a game using Scratch, a free game design software from M.I.T.

10123 min10part Statistics course67 CQ
What is probability and how are statistics principles applied to modeling information? In this intro course cover the basics of a discipline applied to everything from consumer trends to global trade.
with Mark HuberWhat is probability and how are statistics principles applied to modeling information? In this intro course cover the basics of a discipline applied to everything from consumer trends to global trade.

36266 minFREE36part Statistics courseFree151 CQ
William Spaniel, author of "Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook," explains concepts in the study of strategic decision making. Learn to apply math and logic to determine the best possible outcome.
with William SpanielWilliam Spaniel, author of "Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook," explains concepts in the study of strategic decision making. Learn to apply math and logic to determine the best possible outcome.