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Title:A Game Theoretic Analysis of Agent-Mediated Resource Allocation
Author(s):Maheswaran, Rajiv Tharmeswaran
Subject(s):Control of networks
Decentralized control
Game theory
Market-based control
Mechanism design
Multiagent systems
Resource allocation
Abstract:Developments in information technology have necessitated dynamic distributed real-time allocation of computational and network resources. We consider the use of market mechanisms to regulate a set of autonomous agents that are responsible for obtaining services. By applying game-theoretic analysis to a proportionally fair divisible auction, we show the existence of a unique Nash equilibrium in both single and multiple resource settings. Locally stable decentralized negotiation algorithms are developed for both cases. We also investigate the effects of coalition formation and show that the standard assumptions from classical cooperative game theory for determining the value of a team do not apply. Finally, we examine a larger space of mechanisms and optimize with respect to revenue generation and social welfare. This leads to the design of transparent and maximally efficient resource allocation schemes which have the minimum costs for signaling and computation.
Issue Date:2003-06
Publisher:Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Coordinated Science Laboratory Report no. UILU-ENG-03-2213, DC-209
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:National Science Foundation / NSF CCR 00-85917 ITR
Air Force Office of Scientific Research / AF DC 5-36128
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-03

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