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Average Testing and the Efficient Boundary

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  • Itai Arieli
  • Yakov Babichenko

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We propose a simple adaptive procedure for playing strategic games: average testing. In this procedure each player sticks to her current strategy if it yields a payoff that exceeds her average payoff by at least some fixed \epsilon > 0; otherwise she chooses a strategy at random. We consider generic two-person games where both players play according to the average testing procedure on blocks of k-periods. We demonstrate that for all k large enough, the pair of time-average payoffs converges (almost surely) to the 3\epsilon-Pareto efficient boundary.

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  • Itai Arieli & Yakov Babichenko, 2011. "Average Testing and the Efficient Boundary," Discussion Paper Series dp567, The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • Handle: RePEc:huj:dispap:dp567
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