Dynamics in congestion games

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Dynamics in congestion games
Game theoretic modeling and equilibrium analysis of congestion games have provided insights in the performance of Internet congestion control, road transportation networks, etc. Despite the long history, very little is known about their transient (non equilibrium) performance. In this paper, we are motivated to seek answers to questions such as how long does it take to reach equilibrium, when the system does operate near equilibrium in the presence of dynamics, e.g. nodes join or leave. In this pursuit, we provide three contributions in this paper. First, a novel probabilistic model to capture realistic behaviors of agents allowing for the possibility of arbitrariness in conjunction with rationality. Second, evaluation of (a) time to converge to equilibrium under this behavior model and (b) distance to Nash equilibrium. Finally, determination of tradeoff between the rate of dynamics and quality of performance (distance to equilibrium) which leads to an interesting uncertainty princip...
Devavrat Shah, Jinwoo Shin
Added 18 Jul 2010
Updated 18 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Authors Devavrat Shah, Jinwoo Shin
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