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Strong Nash Equilibria in repeated games

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 4 hours 38 min ago

Suppose we have a simultaneous game, that has a strong Nash equilibrium (SNA), i.e. a weak Pareto efficient Nash equilibrium (no deviation of any subset of player brings a benefit to them).

Now suppose we play this game repeatedly. Does the repeated game has a strong Nash equilibrium, too?

I would keep the question about the payoff function of the repeated game as open. Choose whatever adopted payoff works for the answer.

The idea behind the question is as follows: Games that don't have SNA, like prisoner's dilemma, might have those in the repeated scenario, since additional effects like long term strategies come into play.

Based on this, my guess is, that playing the SNA in every game, would also give a SNA in the repeated game.

Are quotient varieties local complete intersections?

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 4 hours 45 min ago

Let $G$ be a reductive group acting on the smooth affine variety $X$ such that the stabilizers are finite. Is it true that the quotient $X/G$ is a local complete intersection (LCI)? In particular, is the quotient of a smooth affine variety to the algebraic action of a finite group LCI? If no, is there any condition on the action that guarantees such a property?

Polyhedral structure related to partitions of an interval?

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 4 hours 46 min ago

Let $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Suppose we are given a sequence of nonnegative scalars $\{p_i\}_{i=1}^k$ such that $\sum_{i=1}^k p_i=1$, and denote by $p$ the vector that consists of these scalars. Let ${\cal B}(p)$ denote the set of disjoint measurable partitions of $I$ consistent with $p$, i.e., $\{B_i\}_{i=1}^k \in {\cal B} (p)$ if and only if $\cup_{i=1}^k B_i = I$, $B_i\cap B_j=\emptyset$ for $i\neq j$, and for all $i$ we have that $B_i$ is Lebesgue measurable and satisfies $\int_{B_i} dx =p_i$. Consider the set $Z=\left\{z ~|~ z_k = \int_{B_k} x ~ dx ~~\forall k, \mbox{ and } \{B_i\}_{i=1}^k\in {\cal B}(p)\right\}$.

I'm trying to understand the structure of this set $Z$. In particular,

  1. Is it polyhedral? If so, do the extreme points admit a simple characterization?
  2. Is it possible to characterize $Z$ by only focusing on $\{B_k\}$ that constitute intervals?
  3. Is there any reference which studies objects similar to those defined above?

Published reference on the automorphism group of modular curves $X_1(N)$?

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 5 hours 27 min ago

I wish to cite that the automorphism groups of $X_1(N)$ have already been completely calculated, and what they are, but I am having difficulty finding this calculation in the literature.

I have found in multiple [22] papers [29] on related topics a reference to "F. Momose, Automorphism groups of the modular curves X1(N). Preprint."

I cannot find it. I am wondering if this paper ever made it to publication, or where a copy of it might be? If not, is there a published reference on the topic?

Does geometrization of Alexandrov 3-spaces follow from that of 3-orbifolds?

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 5 hours 35 min ago

Galaz-Garcia and Guijarro proved the geometrization of closed (compact, boundaryless) Alexandrov 3-spaces. Part of the strategy was to use the so-called ramified double cover $\tilde{X}$ of the space $X$. This ramified cover is a smooth $3$-manifold. Being this the case, the space $X$ would be isometric to a Riemannian $3$-orbifold.

I don't quite follow why then, it's not immediate that the geometrization of $X$ follows from the geometrization of $3$-orbifolds?

Traveling at a rate of miles per hour [on hold]

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 5 hours 56 min ago

Jenny is traveling at a rate that allows him to go 34 miles in 39 minutes. What is her average speed, in miles per hour?

When does an optimization problem with symmetric constraints has symmertic optimal solution?

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 6 hours 1 min ago

Consider the optimization problem \begin{array} \ \min\text{ / } \max &f(x_1,\cdots,x_n) \\ \text{subj. }& g(x_1,\cdots,x_n)=\text{constant} ,\end{array} where $g$ is a symmetric function, i.e. $g(x_1,\cdots,x_n)=g(\sigma(x_1,\cdots,x_n))$ where $\sigma\in\text{Symm}\{x_1,\cdots,x_n\}$. There is a principle (sometimes called Purkiss principle see here) which states, under some mild assumptions, that if $f$ is also symmetric, then the optimal solution is of form $x_1=\cdots=x_n$(see, also other post).

Q. Are there other versions of Purkiss principle that address aforementioned problem, meaning not necessarily symm. objective function but symmetric constraints?

Hodge decomposition of the symmetric product of a curve

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 6 hours 4 min ago

Let X be a smooth projective connected curve over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $n>1$ be an integer. Let $Y= Sym^n_X$ be the $n$-th symmetric product of $X$.

Is there, for every $i$, a nice formula for the Hodge decomposition of $H^i(Y,\mathbb{C})$?

If not, what part of the Hodge diamond can be described easily?

Derived equivalences and the Coxeter polynomial

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 6 hours 6 min ago

Let $A$ be a quiver algebra with an acyclic quiver and primitive idempotents $e_i$. The Cartan matrix $C_A$ of $A$ is defined as the matrix with entries $dim(e_i A e_j)$ and the Coxeter matrix $\phi_A$ of $A$ is defined as $\phi_A=-C_A^{-1} C_A^T$. The Coxeter polynomial of $A$ is defined as characteristic polynomial of $\phi_A$. The Coxeter polynomial is a derived invariant and thus derived equivalent algebras share the same Coxeter polynomial.

Is the following true:

A is derived equivalent to a path algebra $KQ$ of Dynkin type if and only if it has the same Coxeter polynomial as $KQ$?

In case the answer is no, is this true in case $A$ is additionally a Nakayama algebra with a linear quiver?

I think this is at least true when $A$ is a Nakayama algebra with a linear quiver (corresponding to a Dyck path) and there is computational way using trivial extensions and representation-finiteness of those trivial extensions to test it, but it gets very ugly when $Q$ is of type $D_n$ ($E_n$ can be done with the computer and indeed, for $E_6$ it is true. It is also true for Dynkin type $A_n$ and $n \leq 8$ and Dynkin type $D_n$ for $n \leq 6$).

Is continuity preserved under norm operations

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 6 hours 17 min ago

Let $F$ be a continuously differenable function over $\mathbb{R}$. Let $\Omega$ be a bounded subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Assume that for every $w\in L^2(\Omega)$ then $v(x)=F(w(x))$, $x\in \Omega$, is also in $L^2(\Omega)$. Can we say that $$\|F(w_1(\cdot)+\eta w_2(\cdot))\|_{L^2(\Omega)}$$ is continuous in $\eta$?

Generating Function for x+x^2+x^4+x^8+

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 6 hours 37 min ago

I am trying to find a closed form solution for the generating function $x+x^2+x^4+x^8+...=\sum_{i=1}^\infty x^{2^i}$. I began with the fact that the positive integers can be neatly partitioned into sets $2^i*(2\mathbb{Z}^+-1)$ for i from 0 to /infty along with some other summation manipulation to get from $$x+x+x^2+x^3+...=\sum_{i=0}^\infty\sum_{j=0}^\infty(x^{2^i*(2j+1)})$$ To $$x+x^2+x^4+x^8+...=\frac{x}{1-x}+\sum_{i=0}^\infty\frac{x^{3*2^i}}{x^{2*2^i}-1}$$ But I am unsure of how to proceed from there. To clarify, a closed form solution would be a finite summation or product.

Classes of curves with "determinant-like operation"

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 7 hours 1 min ago

Consider a motivating example:

Let $E\in \mathbb{Q}[y][x]$ be of degree $n=2$ (in $x$) and separable when viewed as a member of $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]$. Therefore we can calculate it's roots in $\mathbb{Q}[y][\sqrt[n]{D_E(y)}]$[1] where $D_E(y)\in\mathbb{Q}[y]$ is the discriminant of $E$

If we look for rational solutions $(x,y)$ for $E$ we must have $D_E(y)=z^n$ for some rational $z$ and therefore we can see that every such solution gives rise to a rational point $(y,z)$ on the curve $E': z^n=D_E(y)$.

Now this is not a bijection on the rational points of the curves, so we might as well make it one:

We can express $E'$ as a function of $y$ and $x(y,z)$ only (due to the fact that $D_E$ is a symmetric function of the roots) and writing $w=x(y,z)$ we can get a new curve $E''(y,w)$ with the same rational points as $E$.

[1] We can do all of the above in degrees $3, 4$ as well, only we would have to repeat the construction a number of times. We only need the solvaibilty of $S_n$ for $n\leq 4$ for the construction.


Let $E$ denote $x^2+3xy^2+2y^4+4$

$\Rightarrow D(y)=y^4-16$

$E(F)=\{(\frac{-3y^2+\sqrt{D(y)}}{2}, y) \cup (\frac{-3y^2-\sqrt{D(y)}}{2}, y): y\in F\}$ for every field $F/\mathbb{Q}(y)(\sqrt{D(y)})$

Now $(x,y)\in \mathbb{Q}^2 \iff (y, \sqrt{D(y)})\in\mathbb{Q}^2$

And we can now write $z^2 = y^4 - 16$ and we want different $z$s that give rise to the same $x$ to yield the same solution. We can see that if $x(y,z) = x(y, z')$ then we must have either $z=z'$ or $z'=-z$ and therefore we care about solutions to $z^2-y^4+16$ up to the sign of $z$ which we know how to solve (this is a pet example as we could solve both equations without doing this either way).

Now I want this this to lift this operation to an endomorphism on some subspace of curves with $E \mapsto E''$ (that preserves all rational points), the problem is that we seem to not have much control on the degree of $E''$ (in fact it seems to increase so this surely can't work in the present form).

All the above construction is just repeated application of basic Galois theory on the ground field $\mathbb{Q}(x_1,...,x_n)$

Question: Can this be replicated in some other ground field to make the following a well defined operation on some subspace of curves (and still preserve points in some "field of definition", or at least say these points lie over each other, if this field of definition is not the same between $E$ and $E''$)?

This comes from playing around with some examples, and I might be missing something basic that would not make this possible, so the answer to the question is probably "only trivial classes", but maybe there is interesting theory behind this.

I think this can only apply in some generalization of "theory of solvability by radicals" but am not sure what nature should this have.

Tail probability of random projection

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 7 hours 30 min ago

Suppose $v\in R^n$ is a constant unit vector. $P_l$ is a random projection matrix to an $l$ dimensional subspace of $R^n$ which is uniformly sampled from $G(l,R^n)$ which is the collection of all $l$-dimensional subspace in $R^n$. What is the upper bound of the following: $$\mathbb{P}(P_lv\leq\delta)$$ What is the order of the above probability as $\delta\to0$?

Also, when $l=n$, the above probability is the indicator function $1_{\{\delta\geq1\}}$. Can we derive an upper bound of the above probability for $l<n$ such that when $l\to n$, the upper bound tends to $1_{\{\delta\geq1\}}$?

I am wondering what the formula (x - y) / (x + y) is commonly used for [on hold]

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 8 hours 17 min ago

The simple formula (x - y) / (x + y) has me scratching my head, where is it used?

I don't remember seeing it during my engineering studies, it looks a bit familiar but not sure if I should know it or if it is a bit of a rare thing.

I found mention of it in a specification of a Russian analogue computational device. Many such devices might have been used for military or space programs to calculate trajectories or something that needed fast solutions to targeting systems.

It is from the family of vintage CRT storage devices and has the model designation "ЛФ2" but not very much information is to be found on the internet.

These devices were variously used to do scan conversions (between TV standards), static pattern generation, polar to Cartesian conversions (for radar), static echo background cancellation (for radar), image integration (for vector displays, film printers and scanners). The other more popular use was for digital storage memory for the earlier computers.

So I am wondering if this tube would have some interesting modern application or is it just something that a microcontroller will work out in a microsecond these days.

My first question on MO and I cannot think of any more tags so please add some if you can figure something appropriate.

Probability Theory [on hold]

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 8 hours 35 min ago

A private facebook group can only be joined if someone from the group invites you. Originally, the group has two members : Adam and Eve. Occasionally a random person from the group invites a new member. Someone is part of Adam's clique if they are Adam themselves or if someone from Adam's clique invited them.

a) What is the probability of Adam's clique having k members when the Facebook grouo has 4 members? ( k= 1,2,3)

b) Let X be the number of people in Eve's cliquewhen Facebook has n memberd. Give the distribution of x

I need help, for a) is it okay if i say for $K = 1$ probability is 1/4 For k=2 then P=1/2 and When k=3 then P= 1/4

Then for part b) finding the distribution, I dont know how to solve that, How can i use mathematical induction to solve it

Please help

Almost simultaneous Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 9 hours 48 min ago

Denote the set of prime numbers by $P$. Let $u,v,m,n \in \mathbb{N}-\{0\}$ satisfy: $m \leq n$, $\gcd(u,m)=1$ and $\gcd(v,n)=1$.

Is it possible to find $L \in \mathbb{N}$, such that $u+Lm \in P$ and $v+Ln \in P$? (different primes, probably).

Of course, by Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions, we can find $L$ such that one of $\{u+Lm,v+Ln\}$ is prime. But are those $L$'s 'dense enough' to guarantee that both $\{u+Lm,v+Ln\}$ are primes?

A similar, hopefully a less difficult question, is as follows:

Is it possible to find $L \in \mathbb{N}$, such that:

(i) $u+Lm < v+Ln$;

(ii) $u+Lm = p \in P$;

(iii) $p$ does not divide $v+Ln$?

From the answer to this question, it is clear that there exists $L \in \mathbb{N}$ such that: (i) $u+Lm < v+Ln$ and (ii) $u+Lm = p \in P$. The problem is how to guarantee that $p$ will not divide $v+Ln$?

Thank you very much!

A remark about the answer: Let us concentrate on the special case mentioned in the answer: $m=n=1$, $u=1$, $v=3$, so $A:=1+L$ and $B:=3+L$. There is a major difference between asking: 'Are there infinitely many $L$'s such that $A,B \in P$' (very very difficult question) and 'Does there exist $L$ such that $A,B \in P$', which is a very easy question that has a positive answer, for example $L=2$ yields $(A,B)=(3,5) \in P^2$. Therefore, I expect that my (first) question has a positive answer, or maybe I am missing something, and even finding only one such $L$ is a difficult task? (I do not require that $A$ and $B$ will be greater than a given number).

A "positive diagonal plus skew-symmetric" matrix decomposition

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 10 hours 40 min ago

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a diagonalizable matrix with real and strictly positive eigenvalues (note that $A$ is not required to be symmetric).

My question. Do there exist an orthogonal matrix $T\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ and a symmetric positive definite matrix $P\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ such that $$ TAPT^\top = D+S, $$ where $D\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ is a diagonal matrix with positive diagonal entries and $S\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ is a skew-symmetric matrix?

Of course, if the diagonal entries of $D$ are not required to be positive then the answer is in the affirmative (see, e.g., this related question).

Chebyshev interpolation

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 13 hours 12 min ago

Let's define the n-th degree Chebyshev polynomials by

$$ T_{n} (x)=\cos(n\arccos(x)).$$

Find a polynomial $P$ such that

$$\mid y- P (x) \mid$$

is minimal, using the first three Chebyshev polynomials for the following data:

$$ \begin{bmatrix} x & -1 & -0.5 & 0 & 0.5 & 1 \\ y & 0.6346 & 0.6565 & 1 & 1.5230 & 1.5756 \end{bmatrix}. $$

How could we manage to approach such a problem?

Infinite sum of reciprocals of squares of lengths of tangents from origin to the curve $y=\sin x$

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 18 hours 43 min ago

This question is actually from MSE. I had to post it here due to the lack of response there even after placing a bounty. Here goes the question

Let tangents be drawn to the curve $y=\sin x$ from the origin. Let the points of contact of these tangents with the curve be $(x_k,y_k)$ where $x_k\gt 0 ;(k\ge 1)$ such that $x_k\in (\pi k, (k+1)\pi)$ and $$a_k=\sqrt {x_k^2+y_k^2}$$ (Which is basically the distance between the corresponding point of contact and the origin i.e. the length of tangent from origin) .

I wanted to know the value of

$$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{a_k ^2}$$

Now this question has just popped out in my brain and is not copied from any assignment or any book so I don't know whether it will finally reach a conclusion or not.

I tried writing the equation of tangent to this curve from origin and then finding the points of contact but did not get a proper result which just that the $x$ coordinates of the points of contact will be the positive solutions of the equation $\tan x=x$

On searching internet for sometime about the solutions of $\tan x=x$ I got two important properties of this equation. If $(\lambda _n)_{n\in N}$ denote the roots of this equation then

$$1)\sum_n^{\infty} \lambda _n \to \infty$$ $$2)\sum_n^{\infty} \frac {1}{\lambda _n^2} =\frac {1}{10}$$

But were not of much help.

I also tried writing the points in polar coordinates to see if that could be of some help but I still failed miserably.

On trying a bit more using some coordinate geometry I found that the locus of the points of contact is $$x^2-y^2=x^2y^2$$

Hence for third sum we just need to find $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {\lambda _k ^2 +1}{\lambda _k ^2 (\lambda _k ^2 +2)}=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{\lambda _k ^2} -\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{\lambda _k ^2 (\lambda _k ^2 +2)}=\frac {1}{10} -\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{\lambda _k ^2 (\lambda _k ^2 +2)}=\frac {1}{10} -\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{2\lambda _k ^2} +\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{2(\lambda _k ^2 +2)} =\frac {1}{20}+\frac {1}{2}\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {1}{\lambda _k ^2 +2} $$

Now for the second summation I did think about it to form a series but for the roots to be $\lambda _k^2 +2$ we just need to substitute $x\to \sqrt {x−2}$ in power series of $\frac {\sin x-x\cos x}{x^3}$ and then get the result but it was still a lot confusing for me.

Using $x\to\sqrt {x-2}$ in the above power series and using Wolfram Alpha I have got a series. So we need ratio of coefficient of $x$ to the constant term so is the value of second summation equal to $$\frac {5\sqrt 2\sinh(\sqrt 2)−6\cosh(\sqrt 2)}{4(2\cosh(\sqrt 2)−\sqrt 2\sinh(\sqrt 2))}?$$

Is this value correct or did I do it wrong?

I would also like to know if there is some other method to solve this problem

Derived equivalences of Dyck paths

Math Overflow Recent Questions - 20 hours 1 min ago

Call two Dyck paths $D_1$ and $D_2$ derived equivalent in case their corresponding Nakayama algebras are derived equivalent (The Dyck path of a Nakayama algebra with a linear quiver is just the top boundary of its Auslander-Reiten quiver, so we can identify Nakayama algebras with a linear quiver with Dyck paths). Derived categories of Nakayama algebras appeared in the literature (see for example ) but it seems to be wide open to classify Dyck paths with respect to derived equivalences (or?).

Call a Nakayama algebra (or the corresponding Dyck path) bouncing in case the Kupisch series is of the form $[a_1+1,a_1,...,3,2,a_2+1,a_2,...,2,...,a_r+1,a_r,...,3,2,1]$.

The truth of the conjecture in What are the periodic Dyck paths? would imply the following: In case a Dyck path $D_1$ is derived equivalent to a bouncing Dyck path $D_2$, then also $D_1$ is bouncing. Thus, it would give that being bouncing is a derived invariant.

Question 1:

Do we know whether it is true that being bouncing is a derived invariant? That is: In case a Nakayama algebra $D_1$ is derived equivalent to a bouncing Nakayama algebra $D_2$, then also $D_1$ is bouncing?

Question 2:

Is it known which bouncing Nakayama algebras with a fixed number of simple modules are derived equivalent to eachother? How many equivalence classes (up to derived equivalence) exist of bouncing Nakayama algebras?

Question 3:

Can a quiver algebra with acyclic quiver be derived equivalent to a quiver algebra with non-acyclic quiver? Can a Nakayama algebra with linear quiver be derived equivalent to a Nakayama algebra with a non-linear quiver?

edit: In case the conjecture of What are the periodic Dyck paths? is true and question 1 of this thread together with the guess that there might be only one equivalence class (answering question 2), one would have the following nice equivalences for a Dyck path $D$ of length $n$:

1.$D$ is bouncing (combinatorial characterisation).

2.$D$ is iterated tilted of Dynkin type $\mathcal{A}$ (homological characterisation).

3.The Coxeter matrix of $D$ has period $n+1$ (linear algebraic characterisation).

4.The trivial extension of $D$ is a Brauer tree algebra (representation-theoretic characterisation).

5.The coxeter polynomial is equal to $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}{x^k}$ (polynomial characterisation).

The equivalence of 2. and 4. is well known by a result of Happel .

Question 1 and 2 had an easy positive answer using classification results from the literature. But maybe there is a more direct proof? Question 3 remains open.


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