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    (Instituto de Matemática Aplicada San Luis (UNSL-CONICET), Av. Ejército de los Andes 950, 5700 San Luis, Argentina)


    (Departamento de Matemática (U.N. San Luis), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis, Argentina)


It has been recently proved that the non-existence of certain type of cycles of pre-imputation, fundamental cycles, is equivalent to the balancedness of a TU-games (Cesco (2003)). In some cases, the class of fundamental cycles can be narrowed and still obtain a characterization theorem. In this paper we prove that existence of maximal U-cycles, which are related to a transfer scheme designed for computing a point in the core of a game, is condition necessary and sufficient for a TU-game be non-balanced, provided n - 1 and n-person are the only coalitions with non-zero value. These games are strongly related to games with only 1, n - 1 and n-person permissible coalitions (Maschler (1963)).

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Game Theory Review.

Volume (Year): 08 (2006)
Issue (Month): 03 ()
Pages: 355-368

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Keywords: Non balanced games; cycles; transfer schemes;

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  1. Cesco, Juan Carlos, 2008. "A general characterization for non-balanced games in terms of U-cycles," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 191(2), pages 409-415, December.


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