TR06-081 Authors: Spyros Kontogiannis, Panagiota Panagopoulou, Paul Spirakis

Publication: 25th June 2006 20:01

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We focus on the problem of computing an $\epsilon$-Nash equilibrium of a bimatrix game, when $\epsilon$ is an absolute constant.

We present a simple algorithm for computing a $\frac{3}{4}$-Nash equilibrium for any bimatrix game in strongly polynomial time and

we next show how to extend this algorithm so as to obtain a (potentially stronger) parameterized approximation.

Namely, we present an algorithm that computes a $\frac{2+\lambda+\epsilon}{4}$-Nash equilibrium for any $\epsilon$, where $\lambda$

is the minimum, among all Nash equilibria, expected payoff of either player. The suggested algorithm runs in time polynomial in $\frac{1}{\epsilon}$ and the number of strategies available to the players.