Distributed Fictitious Play for Multiagent Systems in Uncertain Environments Academic Article uri icon


  • 2012 IEEE. A multiagent system operates in an uncertain environment about which agents have different and time-varying probability distributions on the environment-beliefs-that, as time progresses, converge to a common probability distribution, i.e., an asymptotic belief. A global utility function that depends on the realized state of the environment and actions of all the agents determines the system's optimal behavior. We define the asymptotically optimal action profile as a Nash equilibrium of the potential game defined by considering the expected utility with respect to the asymptotic belief. At finite time, however, agents have not entirely congruous beliefs about the state of the environment and may select conflicting actions. This paper proposes a variation of the fictitious play algorithm, which is proven to converge to equilibrium actions if the state beliefs converge to a common distribution at a rate that is at least linear. In conventional fictitious play, agents infer about others' future behavior by computing histograms of past actions and best respond to their expected payoffs integrated with respect to these histograms. In the variations developed here, histograms are built using knowledge of actions taken by nearby nodes and best responses are further integrated with respect to the local beliefs on the state of the environment. We exemplify the use of the algorithm in coordination games.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Eksin, C., & Ribeiro, A.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Eksin, Ceyhun||Ribeiro, Alejandro

publication date

  • March 2018