Distributed task allocation in social networks

@inproceedings{Weerdt2007DistributedTA,
  title={Distributed task allocation in social networks},
  author={Mathijs de Weerdt and Yingqian Zhang and Tomas Klos},
  booktitle={AAMAS},
  year={2007}
}
This paper proposes a new variant of the task allocation problem, where the agents are connected in a social network and tasks arrive at the agents distributed over the network. We show that the complexity of this problem remains NP-hard. Moreover, it is not approximable within some factor. We develop an algorithm based on the contract-net protocol. Our algorithm is completely distributed, and it assumes that agents have only local knowledge about tasks and resources. We conduct a set of… CONTINUE READING
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