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Bayesian Nash Equilibrium

A Bayesian game is one where the players have incomplete information about the game. This is most often structured as stating that a player may have one of several (or even infinite) "types", and that the type of any player is known to that player but unknown to others.

The type of a player determines the payoffs that player receives from any outcome of the game.

The common equilibrium notion for such games is Bayesian Nash Equilibrium (BNE). In a BNE, each player picks a strategy function, rather than a simple strategy. The strategy function then selects a particular strategy for the player's type.

Beyond that, the idea is just like a normal Nash Equilibrium. A BNE is a profile of strategy functions such that no single player can improve his expected utility by changing his function.

BNE is the solution concept most often applied to auctions. Bayesian auction games can be implemented with bidding experiments. Bayesian matrix games can be implemented as extensive-form games with ComLabGames' Extensive Form Game software.

 
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