Game Theory and Rationality

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3 November 2019

Welcome to the course! We will start with an introductory lecture on Monday, November 4, at 10.00 in FL51.


The schedule with lecture rooms is available in TimeEdit.

The new course page is available in Canvas.

Below follows the old page that is not valid any longer.


January 24, 2019

The exams from January 7 are now corrected. Please see below to find a zip file with scores for the anonymous codes. Emails with results will be sent out as soon as the exams have been deanonymized.

January 7, 2019

Solutions to today's exam are now posted below.

December 19, 2018

By popular demand, the slides from the seminar of group 9 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

December 17, 2018

The preliminary project presentations are on Wednesday December 19 at 13.15-15.00. We will divide the groups into two rooms and run the presentations in the following order:

  • FL51: Groups 9, 6, 2, 1
  • FL63: Groups 3, 4, 5, 10

Each group will be given 15 minutes to present and another 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Please think of the presentation as a work meeting to improve your project. We don't grade your presentations because the purpose is to help you develop the projects.

The session on Wednesday before lunch is canceled.

December 13, 2018

Materials for seminars 9 and 10 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

Update on obligatory attendance: We expect you to take part in at least 5 of 7 two-hour blocks of seminars and/or guest lectures. Anyone who is close to missing this requirement will be contacted by email. We apologize for the unclear information on this previously.

December 10, 2018

You should now have recieved an email with your score and anonymous code from the midterm exam. Please see below in Section 3 to find answers and scores in Excel and csv files.

December 9, 2018

Materials for seminars 5 and 6 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

December 6, 2018

On the re-exam: Anyone may take the re-exam (January 7th, 2019, at 08.30-10.30). We always count your best score, so there is no risk involved in taking the re-exam.

Seminars: Materials for Seminar 4 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

A few messages from Erik Sterner who gave the example seminar:

  • Erik's slides are now available in the Dropbox folder (in the directory Seminars).
  • "on you can create a free account (allows for two questions if I'm not mistaken)."
  • "Suggestion for feedback question: Please give us feedback on how this seminar worked (Optional comment: you may want to use the model for efficient feedback presented in the course.)"

December 5, 2018

Materials for Seminar 3 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

November 30, 2018

About the exam:

  • The exam is now corrected. The exams have however not been deanonymized yet, so we can't connect the scores to students yet. But if you remember your anonymous code, feel free to send Rasmus an email to know your score.
  • There will be a re-exam on January 7th, 2019, at 08.30-10.30.

About the seminars:

  • Reading materials for Seminars 1 and 2 are now posted in the Dropbox. Thanks to groups 1 and 2 for being well on time.

About project groups:

  • The supervisors are now decided: Susanne has groups 1, 2, 6; Rasmus has groups 3, 4, 5; Kristian has groups 9, 10. Your supervisors will get in touch to schedule supervision meetings.

November 29, 2018

The preparation materials for Monday's example seminar are now posted in the Dropbox. Please make sure to read them in detail before the seminar on Monday.

November 28, 2018

Yesterday's exam and solutions are now posted below.

November 22, 2018

  • We have extended the exam time by 15 minutes. This means you will be given 120 minutes to complete the exam, from 10.00 to 12.00 in room SB-M500. Good luck!
  • The strategies you submitted for assignment 2 are now available in the Dropbox.

November 21, 2018

The models presented today on finitely and infinitely repeated Prisoner's Dilemma on a lattice are described in papers found in the DropBox (Lindgren, 1997; Lindgren & Nordahl, 1994). The Mathematica code for the simulations is also available, both for the finitely repeated PD and the infinitely repeated PD.

November 16, 2018

The old exams are now also posted without solutions. See below.

On Monday November 19, Rasmus will demonstrate solutions to the exam from 2018-01-26.

November 15, 2018

The overview slide of games you proposed for Assignment 1 is now available in the Dropbox folder. The paper describing the evolutionary model (Lindgren, 1991) presented yesterday is available under the recommended reading, and the Mathematica code for the simulation is also available.

November 14, 2018

The games you proposed for Assignment 1 are now available in the Dropbox folder.

Also, some instructions for the midterm exam:

  • The exam will be in room SBM500.
  • You do not need to register for the exam.
  • Make sure to bring a valid photo ID (e.g., passport or Swedish driver's license) and your student union membership card.

November 8, 2018

The deadline for forming project/seminar groups is postponed to Wednesday 21 November. This change is now reflected in the documents below.

November 6, 2018

Lectures 2 and 3 on Basic concepts will primarily be based on Chapters 1, 2, and 4 in the course book. Since the book is short and concise, we recommend a broader introduction to the area that is found in two texts by Roger Myerson, covering work by John Nash and Thomas Schelling. The texts are found in the Dropbox folder under "Recommended reading".

October 30, 2018

Welcome to the course! We will start with an introductory lecture on Monday, November 5, in FL51.

The schedule with lecture rooms is available in TimeEdit.

2. General course information


Other online resources:

3. Assignments, seminars, projects, etc

4. Other materials

Kristian's implementation of the Schelling segregation model: download (Mathematica notebook).

Kristian Lindgren

Kristian Lindgren is professor in complex systems. He has a background in engineering physics, but since his graduate studies in the 1980's he has been working with complex systems in a variety of different disciplines. Some main areas are (i) information theory for complex and self-organizing systems, (ii) game theory for evolutionary systems, and (iii) agent-based modeling of economic systems. Since the mid 1990's Lindgren has also been working in the area of energy systems with development of models of regional and global energy systems in a climate change perspective.

Lindgren is Director of the Graduate school (PhD) for Complex Systems at Chalmers, and he is teacher and examiner in the International Masters Programme in Complex Adaptive Systems.