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Author Sanghavi, Sujay ♦ Hajek, Bruce
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Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Case Efficiency ♦ Optimal Allocation ♦ Nash Equilibrium ♦ Communication Bandwidth ♦ Net Payoff ♦ Numerical Computation ♦ Aggregate Value ♦ Potential Application ♦ Divisible Resource ♦ General Finite Number ♦ Strategic Buyer ♦ Numerical Value ♦ Single Link ♦ Allocation Mechanism
Description We address the problem of allocating a divisible resource to buyers who value the quantity they receive, but strategize to maximize their net payoff (value minus payment). An allocation mechanism is used to allocate the resource based on bids declared by the buyers. The bids are equal to the payments, and the buyers are assumed to be in Nash equilibrium. For two buyers such an allocation mechanism is found that guarantees that the aggregate value is always greater than of the maximum possible, and it is shown that no other mechanism achieves a larger ratio. For a general finite number of buyers an allocation mechanism is given and an expression is given for its worst case efficiency. For three buyers the expression evaluates to 0.8737, for four buyers to 0.8735 and numerical computations suggest that the numerical value does not decrease when the number of buyers is increased beyond four. A potential application of this work is the allocation of communication bandwidth on a single link.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-01-01
Publisher Institution Proceedings of the 43d IEEE conference on Decision and Control