Seminar WS2020

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.

Date and Time

The seminar will be held on a weekly basis. At the current time we expect the seminar to be held in online meetings. We expect you to actively participate during the presentations, e.g. asking many questions or activate the camera.

The date of the kickoff-meeting will be announced before the start of the winter 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
19.10. 11:00 Topic Distribution etc everyone
27. Oct Discussion on Chapter I + II everyone
3. Nov Decisions under ignorance Attila
10. Nov Decisions under risk Jakob, Giang
17. Nov Utility Daniel, Christian
24. Nov The Mathematics of probability Adrian
1. Dec The Philosophy of probability Edgar
8. Dec Why should we accept the preference axioms? Nikol
15. Dec Causal vs. evidential decision theory Sandro
12. Jan 2021 Bayesian vs. non-Bayesian decision theory Lisa
19. Jan Game theory I: Basic concepts and zero-sum games Theo, Jan
26. Jan Game theory II: Nonzero-sum and cooperative games Biliana
2. Feb Social choice theory Amelie
9. Feb (last date) Overview of descriptive decision theory Klara