Analysis of the expected density of internal equilibria in random evolutionary multi-player multi-strategy games

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

In this paper, we study the distribution and behaviour of internal equilibria in a d-player n-strategy random evolutionary game where the game payoff matrix is generated from normal distributions. The study of this paper reveals and exploits interesting connections between evolutionary game theory and random polynomial theory. The main contributions of the paper are some qualitative and quantitative results on the expected density, fn,d, and the expected number, E(n, d), of (stable) internal equilibria. Firstly, we show that in multi-player two-strategy games, they behave asymptotically as √d−1 as d is sufficiently large. Secondly, we prove that they are monotone functions of d. We also make a conjecture for games with more than two strategies. Thirdly, we provide numerical simulations for our analytical results and to support the conjecture. As consequences of our analysis, some qualitative and quantitative results on the distribution of zeros of a random Bernstein polynomial are also obtained.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1727-1760
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Mathematical Biology
Volume73
Issue number6-7
Early online date23 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Random evolutionary games, Internal equilibria, Random polynomials, Multi-player games