International Journal of Game Theory

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 277–286 | Cite as

Limiting distributions of the number of pure strategy Nash equilibria in n-person games

  • I. Y. Powers
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Abstract

We study the number of pure strategy Nash equilibria in a “random” n-person non-cooperative game in which all players have a countable number of strategies. We consider both the cases where all players have strictly and weakly ordinal preferences over their outcomes. For both cases, we show that the distribution of the number of pure strategy Nash equilibria approaches the Poisson distribution with mean 1 as the numbers of strategies of two or more players go to infinity. We also find, for each case, the distribution of the number of pure strategy Nash equilibria when the number of strategies of one player goes to infinity, while those of the other players remain finite.

Keywords

Nash Equilibrium Economic Theory Game Theory Poisson Distribution Pure Strategy 

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© Physica-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Y. Powers
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  1. 1.Camp HillUSA

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