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2019, Web and Internet Economics, Pages 186-199 (volume: 11920)

The Pareto Frontier of Inefficiency in Mechanism Design (04b Atto di convegno in volume)

Filos-Ratsikas Aris, Giannakopoulos Yiannis, Lazos Filippos

We study the trade-off between the Price of Anarchy (PoA) and the Price of Stability (PoS) in mechanism design, in the prototypical problem of unrelated machine scheduling. We give bounds on the space of feasible mechanisms with respect to the above metrics, and observe that two fundamental mechanisms, namely the First-Price (FP) and the Second-Price (SP), lie on the two opposite extrema of this boundary. Furthermore, for the natural class of anonymous task-independent mechanisms, we completely characterize the PoA/PoS Pareto frontier; we design a class of optimal mechanisms (formula presented) that lie exactly on this frontier. In particular, these mechanisms range smoothly, with respect to parameter (formula presented) across the frontier, between the First-Price (formula presented) and Second-Price (formula presented) mechanisms. En route to these results, we also provide a definitive answer to an important question related to the scheduling problem, namely whether non-truthful mechanisms can provide better makespan guarantees in the equilibrium, compared to truthful ones. We answer this question in the negative, by proving that the Price of Anarchy of all scheduling mechanisms is at least n, where n is the number of machines.
ISBN: 978-3-030-35388-9; 978-3-030-35389-6
Gruppo di ricerca: Algorithms and Data Science
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