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Testing substitutability

  • Hatfield, John William
  • Immorlica, Nicole
  • Kominers, Scott Duke

We provide an algorithm for testing the substitutability of a length-N preference relation over a set of contracts X in time O(|X|3⋅N3). Access to the preference relation is essential for this result: We show that a substitutability-testing algorithm with access only to an agentʼs choice function must make an expected number of queries exponential in |X|. An analogous result obtains when the agentʼs preferences are quasilinear in a numeraire and the algorithm only has access to the agentʼs underlying valuation function.

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

Volume (Year): 75 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 639-645

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