A survey of static and dynamic potential games

D. González-Sánchez, O. Hernández-Lerma

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Potential games are noncooperative games for which there exist auxiliary functions, called potentials, such that the maximizers of the potential are also Nash equilibria of the corresponding game. Some properties of Nash equilibria, such as existence or stability, can be derived from the potential, whenever it exists. We survey different classes of potential games in the static and dynamic cases, with a finite number of players, as well as in population games where a continuum of players is allowed. Likewise, theoretical concepts and applications are discussed by means of illustrative examples.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2075-2102
Number of pages28
JournalScience China Mathematics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Markov games
  • Nash equilibrium
  • differential games
  • dynamic games
  • noncooperative games
  • population games
  • potential games


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