Truthful Mechanisms via Greedy Iterative Packing

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Truthful Mechanisms via Greedy Iterative Packing
An important research thread in algorithmic game theory studies the design of efficient truthful mechanisms that approximate the optimal social welfare. A fundamental question is whether an α-approximation algorithm translates into an α-approximate truthful mechanism. It is well-known that plugging an α-approximation algorithm into the VCG technique may not yield a truthful mechanism. Hence, it is natural to investigate properties of approximation algorithms that enable their use in truthful mechanisms. The main contribution of this paper is to identify a useful and natural property of approximation algorithms, which we call loser-independence. Intuitively, a loser-independent algorithm does not change its outcome when the bid of a losing agent increases, unless that agent becomes a winner. We demonstrate that loser-independent algorithms can be employed as sub-procedures in a greedy iterative packing approach while preserving monotonicity. A greedy iterative approach provides good...
Chandra Chekuri, Iftah Gamzu
Added 25 May 2010
Updated 25 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Chandra Chekuri, Iftah Gamzu
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