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Fully Distributed Learning for Global Optima

8.1    Introduction

In the previous chapters, we have studied equilibrium-seeking procedures. In this chapter, we focus on distributed strategic learning for global optima in specific classes of games.

In many problems, distributed strategic learning may have a tendency to converge toward local optima or even arbitrary points rather than the global optimum of the problem. This means that it does not ”know how” to sacrifice short-term payoff to gain a longer-term payoff. The likelihood of this occurring depends on the shape of the payoff functions. Certain problems may provide an easy ascent towards a global optimum, whereas others may make it easier for the function to find the local optima. ...

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