Approachability in Population Games [article]

Dario Bauso, Thomas W L Norman
2014 arXiv   pre-print
This paper reframes approachability theory within the context of population games. Thus, whilst one player aims at driving her average payoff to a predefined set, her opponent is not malevolent but rather extracted randomly from a population of individuals with given distribution on actions. First, convergence conditions are revisited based on the common prior on the population distribution, and we define the notion of 1st-moment approachability. Second, we develop a model of two coupled
more » ... differential equations (PDEs) in the spirit of mean-field game theory: one describing the best-response of every player given the population distribution (this is a Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation), the other capturing the macroscopic evolution of average payoffs if every player plays its best response (this is an advection equation). Third, we provide a detailed analysis of existence, nonuniqueness, and stability of equilibria (fixed points of the two PDEs). Fourth, we apply the model to regret-based dynamics, and use it to establish convergence to Bayesian equilibrium under incomplete information.
arXiv:1407.3910v1 fatcat:jc5wmnfusbg5folz5w3xpmedgm