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The Kernel/Nucleolus of a Standard Tree Game


  • Granot, D
  • Maschler, M
  • Owen, G
  • Zhu, W.R.


In this paper we characterize the nucleolus (which coincides with the kernel) of a tree enterprise. We also provide a new algorithm to compute it, which sheds light on its structure. We show that in particular cases, including a chain enterprise one can compute the nucleolus in O(n) operations, where n is the number of vertices in the tree. Coauthors are M. Maschler, G. Owen, and W. R. Zhu.

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  • Granot, D & Maschler, M & Owen, G & Zhu, W.R., 1996. "The Kernel/Nucleolus of a Standard Tree Game," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 25(2), pages 219-244.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jogath:v:25:y:1996:i:2:p:219-44

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