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Cost-sharing mechanisms for scheduling under general demand settings

Sindhura Balireddi (ramaba***at***amazon.com)
Nelson A. Uhan (nuhan***at***purdue.edu)

Abstract: We investigate cost-sharing mechanisms for scheduling cost-sharing games. We assume that the demand is general---that is, each player can be allocated one of several levels of service. We show how to design mechanisms for these games that are weakly group strategyproof, approximately budget-balanced, and approximately efficient, using approximation algorithms for the underlying scheduling problems. We consider scheduling cost-sharing games in single machine, parallel machine, and concurrent open shop environments.

Keywords: game theory; cost sharing; scheduling; combinatorial optimization

Category 1: Other Topics (Game Theory )

Category 2: Applications -- OR and Management Sciences (Scheduling )

Citation: European Journal of Operational Research. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2011.09.030

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Entry Submitted: 11/26/2010
Entry Accepted: 11/26/2010
Entry Last Modified: 10/29/2011

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