Optimizing Social Welfare for Network Bargaining Games in the Face of Instability, Greed and Idealism

  • T.-H. Hubert ChanEmail author
  • Fei Chen
  • Li Ning


Stable and balanced outcomes of network bargaining games have been investigated recently, but the existence of such outcomes requires that the linear program relaxation of a certain maximum matching problem have integral optimal solution. We propose an alternative model for network bargaining games in which each edge acts as a player, who proposes how to split the weight of the edge among the two incident nodes. Based on the proposals made by all edges, a selection process will return a set of accepted proposals, subject to node capacities. An edge receives a commission if its proposal is accepted. The social welfare can be measured by the weight of the matching returned. The node users exhibit two characteristics of human nature: greed and idealism. We define these notions formally and show that the distributed protocol by Kanoria et al. can be modified to be run by the edge players such that the configuration of proposals will converge to a pure Nash Equilibrium, without the integrality gap assumption. Moreover, after the nodes have made their greedy and idealistic choices, the remaining ambiguous choices can be resolved in a way such that there exists a Nash Equilibrium that will not hurt the social welfare too much.


Network bargaining game Nash equilibrium Optimizing social welfare Unstable outcome Greed and idealism 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong
  2. 2.Huawei Noah’s Ark LabPok Fu LamHong Kong
  3. 3.Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced TechnologyChinese Academy of ScienceShenzhenChina

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