Chapter 19  Game Theory

Erik G. Larsson and Eduard Jorswieck

Linköping University, Sweden

Technical University of Dresden, Germany

19.1    Introduction

Game theory is about optimization with multiple, conflicting objective functions. In conventional optimization, there is a single objective function that usually has a well-defined maximum or minimum. Finding this optimum point is then a matter of applying an appropriate numerical method. In game theory, the notion of optimality is not defined in terms of the maximum or minimum of a single cost function. Rather, the typical objective is to maximize two (or more) functions jointly, where the functions are coupled in such a way that increasing one of them necessarily means that the other must ...

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