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Game theory studies what happens when self-interested agents interact. essential difference between the two branches is that in noncooperative game theory. Abstract. Game theory is the mathematical study of interaction among independent, self-interested agents. "Beside being concise and rigorous, Essentials of Game Theory is also quite comprehensive. PDF ( KB) · PDF Plus ( KB). The subject matter of game theory is exactly those interactions within a abstract the most essential aspects of a given situation, analyze them.

The Nash equilibrium defines stability only in terms of unilateral deviations. In cooperative games such a concept is not convincing enough. Strong Nash equilibrium allows for deviations by every conceivable coalition.

In fact, strong Nash equilibrium has to be Pareto efficient.

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As a result of these requirements, strong Nash is too rare to be useful in many branches of game theory. However, in games such as elections with many more players than possible outcomes, it can be more common than a stable equilibrium.

A refined Nash equilibrium known as coalition-proof Nash equilibrium CPNE [15] occurs when players cannot do better even if they are allowed to communicate and make "self-enforcing" agreement to deviate. Every correlated strategy supported by iterated strict dominance and on the Pareto frontier is a CPNE.

CPNE is related to the theory of the core. Finally in the eighties, building with great depth on such ideas Mertens-stable equilibria were introduced as a solution concept. Mertens stable equilibria satisfy both forward induction and backward induction. In a game theory context stable equilibria now usually refer to Mertens stable equilibria.

Occurrence[ edit ] If a game has a unique Nash equilibrium and is played among players under certain conditions, then the NE strategy set will be adopted. Sufficient conditions to guarantee that the Nash equilibrium is played are: The players all will do their utmost to maximize their expected payoff as described by the game.

The players are flawless in execution. The players have sufficient intelligence to deduce the solution. The players know the planned equilibrium strategy of all of the other players.

The players believe that a deviation in their own strategy will not cause deviations by any other players. There is common knowledge that all players meet these conditions, including this one.

So, not only must each player know the other players meet the conditions, but also they must know that they all know that they meet them, and know that they know that they know that they meet them, and so on. Where the conditions are not met[ edit ] Examples of game theory problems in which these conditions are not met: The first condition is not met if the game does not correctly describe the quantities a player wishes to maximize.

In this case there is no particular reason for that player to adopt an equilibrium strategy. Intentional or accidental imperfection in execution. For example, a computer capable of flawless logical play facing a second flawless computer will result in equilibrium.

Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise Multidisciplinary Introduction

Introduction of imperfection will lead to its disruption either through loss to the player who makes the mistake, or through negation of the common knowledge criterion leading to possible victory for the player.

An example would be a player suddenly putting the car into reverse in the game of chicken , ensuring a no-loss no-win scenario. In many cases, the third condition is not met because, even though the equilibrium must exist, it is unknown due to the complexity of the game, for instance in Chinese chess. The criterion of common knowledge may not be met even if all players do, in fact, meet all the other criteria.

This is a major consideration in " chicken " or an arms race , for example.

Where the conditions are met[ edit ] In his Ph. One interpretation is rationalistic: if we assume that players are rational, know the full structure of the game, the game is played just once, and there is just one Nash equilibrium, then players will play according to that equilibrium. This idea was formalized by Aumann, R. Brandenburger, , Epistemic Conditions for Nash Equilibrium, Econometrica, 63, who interpreted each player's mixed strategy as a conjecture about the behaviour of other players and have shown that if the game and the rationality of players is mutually known and these conjectures are commonly know, then the conjectures must be a Nash equilibrium a common prior assumption is needed for this result in general, but not in the case of two players.

In this case, the conjectures need only be mutually known. A second interpretation, that Nash referred to by the mass action interpretation, is less demanding on players: [i]t is unnecessary to assume that the participants have full knowledge of the total structure of the game, or the ability and inclination to go through any complex reasoning processes.

What is assumed is that there is a population of participants for each position in the game, which will be played throughout time by participants drawn at random from the different populations.

Nash Equilibrium

The reason why Nash equilibrium is considered such an important concept of game theory relates to its applicability.

The Nash equilibrium can be incorporated into a wide range of disciplines, from economics to the social sciences. In the Nash equilibrium, each player's strategy is optimal when considering the decisions of other players.

Every player wins because everyone gets the outcome they desire. To quickly test if the Nash equilibrium exists, reveal each player's strategy to the other players. If no one changes his strategy, then the Nash equilibrium is proven.

For example, imagine a game between Tom and Sam. If you revealed Sam's strategy to Tom and vice versa, you see that no player deviates from the original choice. Knowing the other player's move means little and doesn't change either player's behavior.

The outcome A, A represents a Nash equilibrium. Prisoner's Dilemma The prisoner's dilemma is a common situation analyzed in game theory that can employ the Nash equilibrium.

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In this game, two criminals are arrested and each is held in solitary confinement with no means of communicating with the other.We have made available pdf files of all the lecture slides. However, The non-credible threat of being unkind at 2 2 is still part of the blue L, U,U Nash equilibrium.

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