Game Theory

By Prof. K.S. Mallikarjuna Rao   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 859
Game theory models conflict and cooperation between decision makers who are assumed to be rational. It has applications in multiple disciplines and areas. The aim of this course is to introduce the following topics at a basic level: combinatorial games, zero-sum games, non-zero sum games and cooperative games. Learning outcomes for the course: At the end of the course, the student should be able to Model and analyse conflicting situations using game theory.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Math/CS/Econ/EE/Mgmt and all other 
PREREQUISITES:          Calculus, Linear Algebra & Probability
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Economics
  • Managerial Economics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Combinatorial games: Introduction, Examples, Game of Nim
Week 2: Combinatorial games: Impartial games, Hex game, Brouwer Theorem
Week 3,4: Zero-sum games
Week 5,6: Non-zero sum games                
Week 7,8: Cooperative games

Books and references

  1. T. Ferguson, Game Theory, Web Notes.
  2. Karlin and Peres, Game Theory, Alive, AMS.
  3. DeVos and Kent, Game Theory: A Playful Introduction, AMS

Instructor bio

Prof. K.S. Mallikarjuna Rao

IIT Bombay
After obtaining his Ph.D from IISC Bengaluru, K.S. Mallikarjuna Rao has spent few years at Centre de Mathematique et Informatique, Marseille, France; Indian Statistical Institute Delhi, University of Texas at Dallas, USA; and at TIFR Bengaluru as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined IEOR, IIT Bombay in 2007, where he is currently Associate Professor. His research interests include probability, game theory, optimization and stochastic control.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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