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  1. Nonzero sum games typically have multiple Nash equilibriums (or no equilibrium), and unlike the zero-sum case, they may have different values at different equilibriums. Instead of focusing on the existence of individual equilibriums, we study the set of values over all equilibriums, which we call the set value of the game. The set value is unique by nature and always exists (with possible value [Formula: see text]). Similar to the standard value function in control literature, it enjoys many nice properties, such as regularity, stability, and more importantly, the dynamic programming principle. There are two main features in order to obtain the dynamic programming principle: (i) we must use closed-loop controls (instead of open-loop controls); and (ii) we must allow for path dependent controls, even if the problem is in a state-dependent (Markovian) setting. We shall consider both discrete and continuous time models with finite time horizon. For the latter, we will also provide a duality approach through certain standard PDE (or path-dependent PDE), which is quite efficient for numerically computing the set value of the game. 
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  2. The theory of Mean Field Game of Controls considers a class of mean field games where the interaction is through the joint distribution of the state and control. It is well known that, for standard mean field games, certain monotonicity conditions are crucial to guarantee the uniqueness of mean field equilibria and then the global wellposedness for master equations. In the literature the monotonicity condition could be the Lasry–Lions monotonicity, the displacement monotonicity, or the anti-monotonicity conditions. In this paper, we investigate these three types of monotonicity conditions for Mean Field Games of Controls and show their propagation along the solutions to the master equations with common noises. In particular, we extend the displacement monotonicity to semi-monotonicity, whose propagation result is new even for standard mean field games. This is the first step towards the global wellposedness theory for master equations of Mean Field Games of Controls.

     
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    We introduce a new notion of conditional nonlinear expectation under probability distortion. Such a distorted nonlinear expectation is not subadditive in general, so it is beyond the scope of Peng’s framework of nonlinear expectations. A more fundamental problem when extending the distorted expectation to a dynamic setting is time inconsistency, that is, the usual “tower property” fails. By localizing the probability distortion and restricting to a smaller class of random variables, we introduce a so-called distorted probability and construct a conditional expectation in such a way that it coincides with the original nonlinear expectation at time zero, but has a time-consistent dynamics in the sense that the tower property remains valid. Furthermore, we show that in the continuous time model this conditional expectation corresponds to a parabolic differential equation whose coefficient involves the law of the underlying diffusion. This work is the first step toward a new understanding of nonlinear expectations under probability distortion and will potentially be a helpful tool for solving time-inconsistent stochastic optimization problems. 
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    Abstract We study fully nonlinear second-order (forward) stochastic PDEs. They can also be viewed as forward path-dependent PDEs and will be treated as rough PDEs under a unified framework. For the most general fully nonlinear case, we develop a local theory of classical solutions and then define viscosity solutions through smooth test functions. Our notion of viscosity solutions is equivalent to the alternative using semi-jets. Next, we prove basic properties such as consistency, stability, and a partial comparison principle in the general setting. If the diffusion coefficient is semilinear (i.e, linear in the gradient of the solution and nonlinear in the solution; the drift can still be fully nonlinear), we establish a complete theory, including global existence and a comparison principle. 
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