Course Notes

- Final notes on the course overview
- Prof. Blume's notes on basic choice theory
- Prof. Blume's notes on ordinal representations
- Prof. Halpern's notes on uncertain propspects and decision rules (updated: 3/1/2021)
- John Milnor's paper on various decision rules
- The Baeza-Yates, Culberson, Rawlins papers that shows that 9 is the optimal competitive ratio of finding a point on a line
- More on weighted expected regret
- More on applying ideas of decision theory to database query optimization
- Professor Blume's notes on expected utility
- Professor Blume's notes on probability
- Professor Halpern's notes on choosing the protocol, causality, and Bayesian networks (updated 3/31 to correct numerous typos)
- An invited lecture given by Prof. Halpern on causality. It's a summary of this book. Prof. Halpern can point you to lots of papers if you're interested. on causality.
- Professor Halpern's notes on problems with maximizing expected utility (updated on 4/12/21 to incorporate new material on independence).
- Prof. Halpern's presentation on his joint work with Prof. Blume and Prof. Easley (slides updates with new material: 4/19/21; another slight update on 4/21/21).
- Here is the paper that the slides are based on, in case you want more details.
- some slides on Andrea Wilson's work on modeling human behavior using finite automata.
- Here is the Freakonomics episode (for those who don't know. (The link actually gives the transcript of the episode as well as the audio, so you can either read it or listen to it.) Freakonomics is a podcast) that discusses QALY's.
- Here is the talk on moral responsibility that I was going to give today, but didn't.
- Professor Blume's notes on social choice theory
- Here is the final from 2017. But be aware that all the material on ethics and social choice wasn't covered then, while other material was covered in somewhat more detail (although, in fact, you should be able to do all the questions on the exam). Solutions are posted on CMS.x