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Equilibrium Strategies for Multiple Interdictors on a Common Network

Harikrishnan Sreekumaran (harikrishnan.sreekumaran***at***gmail.com)
Ashish Hota (ahota***at***purdue.edu)
Andrew Liu (andrewliu***at***purdue.edu)
Nelson Uhan (uhan***at***usna.edu)
Shreyas Sundaram (sundara2***at***purdue.edu)

Abstract: In this work, we introduce multi-interdictor games, which model interactions among multiple interdictors with differing objectives operating on a common network. As a starting point, we focus on shortest path multi-interdictor (SPMI) games, where multiple interdictors try to increase the shortest path lengths of their own adversaries attempting to traverse a common network. We first establish results regarding the existence of equilibria for SPMI games under both discrete and continuous interdiction strategies. To compute such an equilibrium, we present a reformulation of the SPMI game, which leads to a generalized Nash equilibrium problem (GNEP) with non-shared constraints. While such a problem is computationally challenging in general, we show that under continuous interdiction actions, a SPMI game can be formulated as a linear complementarity problem and solved by Lemke’s algorithm. In addition, we present decentralized heuristic algorithms based on best response dynamics for games under both continuous and discrete interdiction strategies. Finally, we establish theoretical lower bounds on the worst-case efficiency loss of equilibria in SPMI games, with such loss caused by the lack of coordination among noncooperative interdictors, and use the decentralized algorithms to numerically study the average-case efficiency loss.

Keywords: network interdiction, game theory, decentralized algorithms,

Category 1: Network Optimization

Category 2: Other Topics (Game Theory )

Category 3: Combinatorial Optimization


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Entry Submitted: 07/11/2015
Entry Accepted: 08/01/2015
Entry Last Modified: 07/06/2017

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