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Title:The Complexity of Nash Equilibria in Simple Stochastic Multiplayer Games
Authors: Michael Ummels ; Dominik Wojtczak
Date:Feb 2009
Publication Title:extended abstract to appear in Proceedings of ICALP 2009
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Pre-print
We analyse the computational complexity of finding Nash equilibria in simple stochastic multiplayer games. We show that restricting the search space to equilibria whose payoffs fall into a certain interval may lead to undecidability. In particular, we prove that the following problem is undecidable: Given a game G, does there exist a pure-strategy Nash equilibrium of G where player 0 wins with probability 1. Moreover, this problem remains undecidable if it is restricted to strategies with (unbounded) finite memory. However, if mixed strategies are allowed, decidability remains an open problem. One way to obtain a provably decidable variant of the problem is restricting the strategies to be positional or stationary. For the complexity of these two problems, we obtain a common lower bound of NP and upper bounds of NP and PSPACE respectively.
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author = { Michael Ummels and Dominik Wojtczak },
title = {The Complexity of Nash Equilibria in Simple Stochastic Multiplayer Games},
journal = {extended abstract to appear in Proceedings of ICALP 2009},
year = 2009,
month = {Feb},
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