On Selfish Creation of Robust Networks

  • Ankit Chauhan
  • Pascal Lenzner
  • Anna Melnichenko
  • Martin Münn
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9928)


Robustness is one of the key properties of nowadays networks. However, robustness cannot be simply enforced by design or regulation since many important networks, most prominently the Internet, are not created and controlled by a central authority. Instead, Internet-like networks emerge from strategic decisions of many selfish agents. Interestingly, although lacking a coordinating authority, such naturally grown networks are surprisingly robust while at the same time having desirable properties like a small diameter. To investigate this phenomenon we present the first simple model for selfish network creation which explicitly incorporates agents striving for a central position in the network while at the same time protecting themselves against random edge-failure. We show that networks in our model are diverse and we prove the versatility of our model by adapting various properties and techniques from the non-robust versions which we then use for establishing bounds on the Price of Anarchy. Moreover, we analyze the computational hardness of finding best possible strategies and investigate the game dynamics of our model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankit Chauhan
    • 1
  • Pascal Lenzner
    • 1
  • Anna Melnichenko
    • 1
  • Martin Münn
    • 2
  1. 1.Algorithm Engineering GroupHasso-Plattner-Institute PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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