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In some games, it will be equal to S, the set of all possible mixed strategies. Since iterated removal of strictly dominated strategies preserves Nash equilibria, we can use this technique to computational advantage. In the previous example, rather than computing the Nash equilibria in the original 3 × 3 game, we can now compute them in this 2 × 2 game, applying the technique described earlier. In some cases, the procedure ends with a single cell; this is the case, for example, with the Prisoner’s Dilemma game.

To demonstrate that the inequality holds, it is sufficient to find the S —or equivalently, the probability of playing H—that minimizes f (S ) = u(S, S ) − u(S , S ). Expanding f (S ) we see that it is a quadratic equation with the (unique) maximum S = S, proving our result. The connection between an ESS and a Nash equilibrium is not accidental. The following two theorems capture this connection. 3. Given a symmetric two-player normal-form game G = ({1, 2}, A, u) and a mixed strategy S, if S is an evolutionarily stable strategy then (S, S) is a Nash equilibrium of G.

The normal-form game representation does not incorporate any notion of sequence, or time, of the actions of the players. The extensive (or tree) form is an alternative representation that makes the temporal structure explicit. We will restrict the discussion to finite games, that is, to games represented as finite trees. cls 32 May 30, 2008 20:36 ESSENTIALS OF GAME THEORY outcomes over which each player has a utility function. Indeed, in certain circles (in particular, in artificial intelligence), these are known simply as game trees.

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