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However, Nash equilibria may not be unique. For example, coordination games have multiple equilibria. We already know that Nash equilibria may not be optimal for the players, since dominant strategy solutions are Nash equilibria. For games with multiple Nash equilibria, different equilibria can have (widely) different payoffs for the players. For example, by a small change to the payoff matrix, we can modify the Battle of the Sexes game so that it still has two stable solutions (the ones in which both players go to the same activity); however, both players derive a much higher utility from one of these solutions.

Let A be the matrix of these payoffs, representing the winnings of the row player and the loss of the column player. 8 that a Nash equilibrium of mixed strategies always exists. We will use this fact to show that an equilibrium can be found using linear programming. Consider a pair of probability distributions p ∗ and q ∗ for the row and column players that form a Nash equilibrium. The expected value paid by the column player to the row player can be expressed as v ∗ = p ∗ Aq ∗ (if we think of p ∗ as a row vector and q ∗ as a column vector).

When players have limited information, we need to consider strategies that are only based on the available information, and find the best strategy for the player, given all his or her available information. 6. One source of limited information can come from not knowing properties and preferences of other players, and hence not knowing what strategies they will select. It is easiest to understand this issue by considering a game of cards, such as bridge. In such a game the players have information about the probability distribution of the other players’ cards, but do not know exactly what cards they have.