# Algorithmic Game Theory by Nisan N. (Ed), Vazirani V. (Ed), Roughgarden T. (Ed)

By Nisan N. (Ed), Vazirani V. (Ed), Roughgarden T. (Ed)

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After all, a Nash equilibrium is above all a conceptual tool, a prediction about rational strategic behavior by agents in situations of conflict – a context that is completely devoid of computation. We believe that this matter of computational complexity is one of central importance here, and indeed that the algorithmic point of view has much to contribute to the debate of economists about solution concepts. The reason is simple: If an equilibrium concept is not efficiently computable, much of its credibility as a prediction of the behavior of rational agents is lost – after all, there is no clear reason why a group of agents cannot be simulated by a machine.

Instead, we will use PPAD-completeness (see Chapter 2 for the definition). The problem of finding a Nash equilibrium is PPAD-complete even for two-player games in standard form. 7 that correlated equilibria are computationally easier. Correlated equilibria form a convex set and hence can be found in polynomial time for games defined explicitly via their payoff matrices, and finding a correlated equilibrium is polynomially solvable even in many compactly represented games. However, finding an “optimal” correlated equilibrium is computationally hard in many natural classes of compactly represented games.

We require that i∈N xi = c(N). One of the key solution concepts in this area is that of a core. We say that the cost-sharing is in the core if no subset of players would decrease their shares by breaking away from the whole set. More formally, we say that the cost-share vector c is in the core if i∈A xi ≤ c(A) for all sets A. A violation of this inequality precisely corresponds to a set A of players who can benefit by breaking away. Given a notion of fair sharing, such as the core, there are a number of important questions one can ask.