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Characterizations of the cycle-complete and folk solutions for minimum cost spanning tree problems

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Minimum cost spanning tree problems connect agents efficiently to a source when agents are located at different points and the cost of using an edge is fixed. The folk and cycle-complete cost sharing solutions always offer core allocations. We provide similar characterizations for both. A new property is based on the following observation: when all agents have the same cost to connect to the source, we can connect one of them to the source then connect all other agents to him, as if he was the source. Cost sharing should also be done in these two steps. We also use some common properties: core selection, piecewise linearity and an independence property. The solutions are differentiated by properties that apply when the cheapest edge to the source gets cheaper. Either the savings are equally distributed among all agents (folk) or the agent on that edge gets all of the savings (cycle-complete). Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Christian Trudeau, 2014. "Characterizations of the cycle-complete and folk solutions for minimum cost spanning tree problems," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 42(4), pages 941-957, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:42:y:2014:i:4:p:941-957
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-013-0759-6
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    1. Kusunoki, Yoshifumi & Tanino, Tetsuzo, 2017. "Investigation on irreducible cost vectors in minimum cost arborescence problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 261(1), pages 214-221.
    2. Gustavo Bergantiños & Juan Vidal-Puga, 2015. "Characterization of monotonic rules in minimum cost spanning tree problems," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 44(4), pages 835-868, November.

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    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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