PhD Defence: Erin Wild "A Study of Heuristic Approaches for Solving Generalized Nash Equilibrium Problems and Related Games"

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Summerlee Science Complex Room 1504

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Erin Wild

Abstract:

The use of various computational heuristics for solving generalized Nash equilibrium problems (GNEPs) and related games is explored. In a model of competitive helping, agent-based simulations are used as a complementary analysis tool in conjunction with replicator equations. These agent-based simulations highlight the emergence of behaviours as well as equilibrium amounts of help provided by individuals. Using a concept of Nash dominance, an evolutionary algorithm utilizing the Sierpinski representation was then developed to find representable solution sets for GNEPs in general. Following this is a comparison of two methods which attempt to find optimal strategies for playing a classic GNEP turned card game called deck-based divide-the-dollar. The first method uses evolutionary computation to evolve optimal players who are represented by binary decision automata. The second method uses Monte Carlo policy evaluation, a form of reinforcement learning, to iteratively optimize a player's strategy through experience with particular game states and eventual outcomes. The thesis concludes with some final remarks and suggestions for future work.

Advisory Committee

  • M. Cojocaru (Advisor)
  • E. Thommes (Co-advisor)
  • D. Ashlock
  • C. Bauch

Examining Committee

  • H. Eberl, Chair
  • M. Cojocaru
  • D. Ashlock
  • A. Lawniczak
  • A. Deza (external examiner)

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