Universality of Nash Components
Paper number: 12/05
Paper Category: Discussion Paper
Dieter Balkenborg and Dries Vermeulen
We show that Nash equilibrium components are universal for the collection of connected polyhedral sets. More precisely for every polyhedral set we construct a so-called binary game—a common interest game whose common payoff to the players is at most equal to one—whose success set (the set of strategy profiles where the maximal payoff of one is indeed achieved) is homeomorphic to the given polyhedral set. Since compact semi- algebraic sets can be triangulated, a similar result follows for the collection of connected compact semi-algebraic sets.