Spring 2016

# Undergraduate Game Theory - PS/Ec 172 - Winter 2017

**Instructor.** Omer
Tamuz, Baxter 213. Office hours are Tuesday after class
from 4pm to 6pm, with more time available by appointment if
necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to meet the
instructor for help with any of the
assignments. The Piazza
page is a good place to post questions that may interest
others.

**Teaching assistants.**
- Wade Hann-Caruthers will give
a
**recitation** in Baxter 125 (first floor)
every Friday from 2pm to 3pm, starting on Jan 27.
- Vadim
Martynov. Office hours will be held in Baxter 128, from
6:30pm to 7:30pm every Monday.
- Arjun Bose: abose@caltech.edu. Office hours will be held
in Baxter B125 (in the basement), from 3:00pm to 3:50pm
every Monday.
- Nikhil Ghosh: nghosh@caltech.edu. Office hours to be determined.

**Lectures.** Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm to 4, in Baxter
B125 (in the basement).

**Lecture
notes.** Complete lecture notes are available for this course. Note that this is
not a textbook, but the actual notes used to give the lectures. A
part of them is based on Osborne and Rubinstein, which is an
excellent textbook. It is not, however, required for the class.

**Syllabus.** The syllabus can be found in the table of
contents of
the
lecture notes. It is subject to change, and in particular the
last lectures might be on topics that are not yet covered in the
lecture notes.

**Grading.** The final grade will consist of 35% homework
assignments, 30% midterm, and 35% final exam.

**Midterm.** The midterm exam was due
on February 14^{th}. No bonus points were awarded, as
the average answer to the last question was about
5.3. Here is a chart
showing the distribution of exam scores and bonus
points requested. Some noise has been added to the data
to make the chart more readable.

**Final.** The final exam was due on March
17^{th}, at 2pm. The average number of bonus
points requested was about 4.5, and so no points were
awarded for the first bonus question. Here is
a scatter plot of the
answers to the two bonus questions. Some noise has been
added to the data to make the chart more readable.

**Homework.** Homework assignments are due every Tuesday by
2:30pm, and are to be submitted in class. **Late submissions
will not be accepted, but the lowest score will be
dropped.** Collaboration on homework is encouraged, but
individually written solutions are required. Also, please name all
collaborators and sources of information on each assignment; any
such named source may be used. And
don't plagiarize!
- Set
1. Due January 17
^{th}.
- Set
2. Due January 24
^{th}.
- Set
3. Due January 31
^{st}.
- Set
4. Due February 7
^{th}.
- Set
5. Due February 21
^{st}.
- Set
6. Due February 28
^{th},
- Set
7. Due March 7
^{th}.