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Fast algorithms for rank-1 bimatrix games

Adsul, Bharat, Garg, Jugal, Mehta, Ruta, Sohoni, Milind and Von Stengel, Bernhard ORCID: 0000-0002-3488-8322 (2020) Fast algorithms for rank-1 bimatrix games. Operations Research. 0-0. ISSN 0030-364X

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Identification Number: 10.1287/opre.2020.1981


The rank of a bimatrix game is the matrix rank of the sum of the two payoff matrices. This paper comprehensively analyzes games of rank one, and shows the following: (1) For a game of rank r, the set of its Nash equilibria is the intersection of a generically one-dimensional set of equilibria of parameterized games of rank r − 1 with a hyperplane. (2) One equilibrium of a rank-1 game can be found in polynomial time. (3) All equilibria of a rank-1 game can be found by following a piecewise linear path. In contrast, such a path-following method finds only one equilibrium of a bimatrix game. (4) The number of equilibria of a rank-1 game may be exponential. (5) There is a homeomorphism between the space of bimatrix games and their equilibrium correspondence that preserves rank. It is a variation of the homeomorphism used for the concept of strategic stability of an equilibrium component.

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Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2020 11:24
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 03:12

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