Seminar SS2023

Decision Theory

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We study the theory behind rational decisions. Should I buy stocks now? Should I buy a lot of toilet paper today? Should I study computer science? Topics include decisions under ignorance, utility theory, Bayesian theory, game theory, social choice theory and more. After attending this seminar you will be able to make rational choices yourself and will become rich and famous.
We base the seminar on the book "An Introduction to Decision Theory" by Martin Peterson. The topics are based on a selection of chapters.

Date and Time

The seminar will be held on a weekly basis, after a few weeks of preparation time. We expect you to actively participate during the presentations.

The date of the kickoff-meeting will be announced before the start of the summer semester. The regular date and time will be announced after the topics are distributed.


Dates and Topics

The dates and topics will be published here after the topics are distributed.
Date Topic Student
20.03.2023 Kickoff everyone
24.03.2023 Topic Distribution etc everyone
31.03.2023 Discussion on Chapter I + II everyone
04.05. Decisions under ignorance Max
04.05. Decisions under risk Tarek
11.05. Utility Monique
11.05. The Mathematics of probability Tom
25.05. The Philosophy of probability Thanh
25.05. Why should we accept the preference axioms? Sina
22.06. Causal vs. evidential decision theory Judith
22.06. Bayesian vs. non-Bayesian decision theory Chantal
29.06. Game theory I: Basic concepts and zero-sum games Ioan-Antonio
29.06. Game theory II: Nonzero-sum and cooperative games Simon
13.07. Social choice theory Julius
13.07. Overview of descriptive decision theory Begüm