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Multi-auction Approach for Solving Task Allocation Problem

  • Chi-Kong Chan
  • Ho-Fung Leung
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4078)

Abstract

Request for Proposal (RFP) problem is a type of task allocation problem where task managers need to recruit service provider agents to handle complex tasks composed of multiple sub-tasks, with the objective being to assign each sub-task to a capable agent while keeping the cost as low as possible. Most existing approaches either involve centralized algorithms or require each agent’s cost for doing each sub-task to be known publicly beforehand, or attempt to force the agents to disclose such information by means of truth-telling mechanism, which is not practical in many problems where such information is sensitive and private. In this paper, we present an efficient multi-auction based mechanism that can produce near-optimal solutions without violating the privacy of the participating agents. By including an extra verification step after each bid, we can guarantee convergence to a solution while achieving optimal results in over 97% of the times in a series of experiment.

Keywords

Reservation Price Task Allocation Task Manager Total Payment English Auction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chi-Kong Chan
    • 1
  • Ho-Fung Leung
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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