Iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies in well-founded games
Recently, in , we studied well-founded games, a natural extension of finite extensive games with perfect information in which all plays are finite. We extend here, to this class of games, two results concerned with iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies, originally established for finite extensive games. The first one states that every finite extensive game with perfect information and injective payoff functions can be reduced by a specific iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies to a trivial game containing the unique subgame perfect equilibrium. Our extension of this result to well-founded games admits transfinite iterated elimination of strategies. It applies to an infinite version of the centipede game. It also generalizes the original result to a class of finite games that may have several subgame perfect equilibria. The second one states that finite zero-sum games with n outcomes can be solved by the maximal iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies in n - 1 steps. We generalize this result to a natural class of well-founded strictly competitive games.
|Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science
|19th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge, TARK 2023
|Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands
Apt, K., & Simon, S. (2023). Iterated elimination of weakly dominated strategies in well-founded games. In Proceedings of the Conference of Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (pp. 16–30). doi:10.4204/EPTCS.379.5