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### A game on several graphs

Consider the following game on a directed weighted graph $G$ with a chip at some vertex. All vertices of $G$ are marked by A or B. There are two players Alice and Bob. The goal of Alice (Bob) is to ...
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### Winning strategy in the game of triplets

The game of triplets is defined by a finite set of elements $X$, and a finite multi-set $T$ containing triplets of elements. Two players take turns picking elements from $X$ until all elements are ...
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### What is the complexity of this game?

This is a generalization of my previous question. Let $M$ be a polynomial-time deterministic machine that can ask questions to some oracle $A$. Initially $A$ is empty but this is can be changed after ...
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### Games on Turing machines that are AH-hard

I'm interested in proving that finding optimal play in a particular two-player game is harder than the arithmetic hierarchy. I suspect this to be true, because even carrying out a deterministic end-...
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### Is this game EXPSPACE-complete?

Let $M$ be a polynomial-time deterministic machine that can ask questions to some oracle $A$. Initially $A$ is empty but this is can be changed after a game that will be described below. Let $x$ be ...
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### Nim-game variant - weird ending condition

the game is structured like this: two players the players alternate moves 4 heaps $h_1,h_2,h_3,h_4$ with sizes $n_1,n_2,n_3,n_4$ at each move, the player can either remove one or two elements from ...
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### Equilibrium in a Halting Game

Consider the following 2-player game: Nature randomly picks a program Each player plays a number in [0, infinity] inclusive in response to nature's move Take the minimum of the players’ numbers, and ...
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### Correlated random models of game trees

Say we want to understand a game tree search algorithm in a theoretical context. Thus, we want a parameterized family of problem instances, separate from actual games such as a chess, so that ...
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### Can generalized twenty questions be solved by a greedy algorithm?

The game of twenty questions can be generalized in the following way. Let $\Omega$ be a finite set and $\mathcal Q$ a collection of subsets of $\Omega$, called the questions. A point $x\in\Omega$ ...
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### Circuit games in extensive form with imperfect information

Consider $l,m,n,N \in \mathbb{N}$ and circuits $C: \{0,1\}^{l+m} \rightarrow \{0,1\}^l$, $D: \{0,1\}^{l+n} \rightarrow \{0,1\}^l$. Consider the following zero-sum two-layer extensive-form game with ...
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### Two-player zero-sum games in extensive form represented as directed acyclic graphs

The following is a way to represent two-player zero-sum games in extensive form. Consider a directed acyclic graph $G$ where each non-terminal vertex is one of 3 types: player 1 vertex, player 2 ...
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### Maximum stable matching/allocation

I checked some papers on two-side stable allocation/matching (marriage, worker/company, doctor/hospital), but has not found any literature on the following problem. Can someone point out if I missed ...
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### The logic in derivation of virtual welfare

I am learning algorithmic game theory with the lecture notes posted by Tim Roughgarden. In lecture 5 it is proved that the problem of revenue (or profit) maximization in single-parameter environment ...
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### On bandwidth of graphs

I am trying to find references on algorithms for graphs of bounded bandwidth, in the same way as it is done with treewidth for instance. I could only find research related to computing the bandwidth, ...
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### Minmax vs Maxmin

I'm reading this paper about building a combat simulator for 8 unit vs 8 unit mini combats in StarCraft: Brood War. The basic idea is to build a search tree simulating these small combats in order to ...
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### Understanding Prisoner's dilemma [closed]

Imagine two prisoners held in separate cells, interrogated simultaneously, and offered deals (lighter jail sentences) for betraying their fellow criminal. They can "cooperate" (with the other prisoner)...
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### Quantum Hardness of Finding Nash Equilibria

This question is inspired by the recent, beautiful work On the Cryptographic Hardness of Finding a Nash Equilibrium by Bitansky, Paneth, and Rosen. Their main result is that the existence of ...
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### What is the application of combinatorial game theory

I find Combinatorial Game Theory very interesting as my primary interest is mathematics. My question is why do Computer Scientists (who tend to have a more practical approach) study it as well? Are ...
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### Finding an equivalent NP-complete instance for this game-theory problem

I apologize if this question is not a good fit for CSTheory. I'm a PhD student who has just started out and I'm working on a game-theory problem in one of my classes. Although my professor hasn't ...
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### Stackelberg solution to $n$-player Hotelling's game on a segment

Suppose that several agents need to place points (one per agent) on the interval $[0,1]$. An agent's goal is to maximize the volume of the Voronoi cell that contains his point. When $n$ agents must ...
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### Applications of Combinatorial Games in Computational Biology

I'm looking for general references in the literature about applications of games algorithmics in computational biology. Q1. What are the notable cases of computational-biology or bioinformatics ...
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### What mathematical models can analyze and optimize such message passing system?

I look for a mathematical model that can accommodate, analyze and suggest optimizations for a system that can be humanly described as message passing black box programs to which where optimal message ...
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### Is there a tool for finding Nash equilibria in parametric games?

There are a few tools, either online or offline, that could solve (find equilibrium) in a game explicitly given as a real-valued matrix. Such tools are Game Theory Explorer and Gambit. However, as ...
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### Computationally bounded version of Nash equilibrium?

I'm wondering if there is a computationally bounded version of the Nash equilibrium concept, something along the following lines. Imagine some kind of two-player perfect information game which is ...
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### How to prove the existence of a pure Nash equilibrium?

I have a game as given by the table below. I would like to prove that the game has always at least one pure Nash equilibrium (NE). I used a computer program and in fact the game has a pure NE. So, I ...
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### Implementation of surreal numbers for games

There is a very nice construction by Conway of surreal numbers. They are "numbers" that contain both real numbers and ordinals, are totally ordered, and have all the properties of a field (except they ...
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### Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma Algorithms

While reading a post on Scott Aaronson's blog about Eigenmorality, I ran across the idea of the iterated prisoner's dilemma tournament. I've studied some TCS on my own, but had never really thought ...
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### Generalized Secretary Optimization Problem

In the standard Secretary Problem, the goal is to hire the best secretary from a list of candidates. I've recently witnessed a failed hiring attempt for a needed position and it inspired a similar ...
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### Secretary hiring game

This is an extension of the classical secretary problem. In the hiring game you have a set of candidates $\mathcal C=\{c_1,\ldots,c_N\}$, and order on how skilled each worker is. W.l.o.g, we assume ...
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### Is this variation of TQBF still PSPACE-complete?

Deciding if a quantified boolean formula such as $\forall x_1 \exists x_2 \forall x_3\cdots \exists x_n \varphi(x_1, x_2,\ldots , x_n),$ always evaluates to true is a classical PSPACE-complete ...
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### Why is computing pure Nash equilibria NP-complete?

In this paper, it is claimed that computing pure-strategy Nash equilibria of games in standard normal form is NP-complete. This confuses me, because I do not understand why it is hard to guess the ...
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### How to define the _regret_ in multiagent systems? Any good definition please?

I am reading this book. In chapter 7, section 7.5 page 240 (in the pdf), the authors defined (definition 7.5.1) the regret as being the difference between the average per-period reward the agent ...
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### For which families of graphs is Generalized Geography in $P$?

As @Marzio mentioned, the following game is known as Generalized Geography. Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and a starting vertex $v \in V$, the game is defined as follows: At each turn (two players ...
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### What is the optimal strategy for this 2 player game?

Let some finite array of integers is given initially. There is a number k which is initially '0'. In a move, a player will select a number from the array arr[i] and change k to gcd(k,arr[i]). Also, ...
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### Social choice theory, preference aggregation data sets

I do computational research on preference aggregation. I am quite interested in Kemeny Optimal Aggregation. However I do not find much useful data for preference aggregation in context of social ...
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