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David Easley of Cornell University

David Easley of Cornell University

Networks, Crowds, and Markets


School: Cornell University

Platform: EdX

Link: Networks, Crowds and Markets

Start Date: Self-Paced (10 Weeks)

Workload: 4-5 Hours Per Week

Instructors: David Easley, Jon Kreinberg, Eva Tardos

Credentials: Dr. Easley teaches economics and social sciences courses at Cornell University, where his research interests include wealth dynamics, market microstructure, and the economics of information. Easley, along with Dr. Jon Kleinberg, co-authored Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World, which serves as the foundation for this course.He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Kleinberg is the chair of the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, where he researches network interfaces, particularly those underlying the internet. He earned his PH.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Tardos also teaches in the computer and information science departments at Cornell University, where her research specializes in Algorithms and algorithmic game theory. She holds a Ph.D. from Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary.

Graded: Not Specified. 

Description: Drawing from various academic disciplines, this course examines how social, economic, and online behaviors are interconnected, from both individual and group standpoints. After completing the course, students will be able to “apply game theory to analyze strategic behavior in a variety of settings including auction design, Web advertising, network routing, and social marketing,” along with understanding “the processes by which ideas, beliefs, opinions, products, technologies, and social conventions spread through social networks.”

Review: “The class was very informative and has already helped me in my filed to help explain how connections work in relation to our implementation of social and digital technology. However the most frustrating part of the course is that the video lectures go over the most remedial equations while the quizzes and final are much more complex… I would suggest that the show more than one example in the videos.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: The course incorporates the text, Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World. However, this will be available for free online.

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