PP-2007-19: Allocating Goods on a Graph to Eliminate Envy

PP-2007-19: Chevaleyre, Yann and Endriss, Ulle and Maudet, Nicolas (2007) Allocating Goods on a Graph to Eliminate Envy. [Report]

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We introduce a distributed negotiation framework for multiagent
resource allocation where interactions between agents are limited by a
graph defining a negotiation topology. A group of agents may only
contract a deal if that group is fully connected according to the
negotiation topology. An important criterion for assessing the quality
of an allocation of resources, in terms of fairness, is envy-freeness:
an agent is said to envy another agent if it would prefer to swap
places with that other agent. We analyse under what circumstances a
sequence of deals respecting the negotiation topology may be expected
to converge to a state where no agent envies any of the agents it is
directly connected to. We also analyse the computational complexity of
a related decision problem, namely the problem of checking whether a
given negotiation state admits any deal that would both be beneficial
to every agent involved and reduce envy in the agent society.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2007-19
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiagent resource allocation; fairness; envy-freeness
Depositing User: Ulle Endriss
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/253

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