Equivalent Results in Minimax Theory
26 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2006
Date Written: 24 2002 1,
In this paper we review known minimax results with applications ingame theory and show that these results are easy consequences of thefirst minimax result for a two person zero sum game with finite strategysets published by von Neumann in 1928: Among these results are thewell known minimax theorems of Wald, Ville and Kneser and their generalizationsdue to Kakutani, Ky-Fan, König, Neumann and Gwinner-Oettli. Actually it is shown that these results form an equivalent chainand this chain includes the strong separation result in finite dimensionalspaces between two disjoint closed convex sets of which one is compact.To show these implications the authors only use simple propertiesof compact sets and the well-known Weierstrass Lebesgue lemma.
Keywords: convex analysis, game theory, finite dimensional separation of convex sets, minimax theory, generalized convexity
JEL Classification: M, M11, R4, C7
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