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A Program for Finding Nash Equilibria

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  • John Dickhaut

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We describe two-person simultaneous play games. First, we use a zero sum game to illustrate minimax, dominant and best response strategies. We illustrate Nash Equilbria in the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Battle of the Sexes Game, and distinguish three types of Nash Equilibria: a pure strategy, a mixed strategy, and a continuum (partially) mixed strategy. Then we introduce the program, Nash.m and use it to solve the games. We display the full code of Nash.m, and finally we discuss the performance characteristics of Nash.m.

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  • Todd R. Kaplan & John Dickhaut, "undated". "A Program for Finding Nash Equilibria," Working papers _004, University of Minnesota, Department of Economics.
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    1. John C. Harsanyi & Reinhard Selten, 1988. "A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262582384, January.
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    1. Papahristodoulou, Christos, 2012. "Optimal football strategies: AC Milan versus FC Barcelona," MPRA Paper 35940, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. David Avis & Gabriel Rosenberg & Rahul Savani & Bernhard Stengel, 2010. "Enumeration of Nash equilibria for two-player games," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 42(1), pages 9-37, January.
    3. Dickhaut, John & Kaplan, Todd R & Mukherji, Arijit, 1992. "Strategic information transmission: a mathematica tool for analysis," MPRA Paper 33869, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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