TITLE

An application of optimization theory to the study of equilibria for games: a survey

AUTHOR(S)
Mallozzi, Lina
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Central European Journal of Operations Research;Sep2013, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p523
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This contribution is a survey about potential games and their applications. In a potential game the information that is sufficient to determine Nash equilibria can be summarized in a single function on the strategy space: the potential function. We show that the potential function enable the application of optimization theory to the study of equilibria. Potential games and their generalizations are presented. Two special classes of games, namely team games and separable games, turn out to be potential games. Several properties satisfied by potential games are discussed and examples from concrete situations as congestion games, global emission games and facility location games are illustrated.
ACCESSION #
89547781

 

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