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Proportional scheduling, split-proofness, and merge-proofness

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  • Moulin, Hervé

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If shortest (respectively longest) jobs are served first, splitting a job into smaller jobs (respectively merging several jobs) can reduce the actual wait. Any deterministic protocol is vulnerable to strategic splitting and/or merging. This is not true if scheduling is random, and users care only about expected wait. The Proportional rule draws the job served last with probabilities proportional to size, then repeats among the remaining jobs. It is immune to splitting and merging. Among split-proof protocols constructed in this recursive way, it is characterized by either one of three properties: job sizes and delays are co-monotonic; total delay is at most twice optimal delay; the worst (expected) delay of any job is at most twice the smallest feasible worst delay. A similar result holds within the family of separable rules,

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 63 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 567-587

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:63:y:2008:i:2:p:567-587

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  1. Biung-Ghi Ju & Juan Moreno-Ternero, 2011. "Progressive and merging-proof taxation," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 43-62, February.
  2. Itai Sher, 2008. "Optimal Shill Bidding in the VCG Mechanism," Working Papers 2008-4, University of Minnesota, Department of Economics, revised 05 2009.
  3. Conan Mukherjee, 2013. "Weak group strategy-proof and queue-efficient mechanisms for the queueing problem with multiple machines," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 131-163, February.
  4. William Thomson, 2014. "New variable-population paradoxes for resource allocation," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 255-277, February.

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