Summer Courses





Introduction to Decision Theory

Term: 
Summer 2014
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
PPE 110 910
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:30pm-9:20pm
Schedule: 
Monday 5:30pm-9:20pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Day(s): 
Monday
Instructor: 

SEN, SUMANTRA

Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

This course will provide an introduction to models of human decision making. One of the primary purposes of the course is to provide a set of basic tools that will help the student translate uncertainty into numbers. Rational choice under uncertainty is by far the most used theory of decision making, and its applications are widespread in economics, finance, political science, law, managerial decision making, the economics of health care, and artificial intelligence. The course will use examples from each of these fields (and also fun "paradoxes" such as the Monty Hall Puzzle) in providing an introduction to the basic foundations of decision making. We will also look at the shortcomings of the rational choice theory, both from intuitive and empirical perspectives. No mathematical prerequisites are necessary beyond high school algebra and arithmetic.


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