Axiomatic Attribution for Multilinear Functions

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Axiomatic Attribution for Multilinear Functions
We study the attribution problem, that is, the problem of attributing a change in the value of a characteristic function f to its independent variables. We make three contributions. First, we propose a formalization of the problem based on a standard cost sharing model. Second, we show that there is a unique attribution method that satisfies Dummy, Additivity, Conditional Nonnegativity, Affine Scale Invariance, and Anonymity for all characteristic functions that are the sum of a multilinear function and an additive function. We term this the Aumann-Shapley-Shubik method. Conversely, we show that such a uniqueness result does not hold for characteristic functions outside this class. Third, we study multilinear characteristic functions in detail; we describe a computationally efficient implementation of the AumannShapley-Shubik method and discuss practical applications to pay-per-click advertising and portfolio analysis.
Yi Sun, Mukund Sundararajan
Added 19 Aug 2011
Updated 19 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where CORR
Authors Yi Sun, Mukund Sundararajan
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