Incentives for large peer-to-peer systems

@article{Courcoubetis2006IncentivesFL,
  title={Incentives for large peer-to-peer systems},
  author={Costas A. Courcoubetis and Richard R. Weber},
  journal={IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications},
  year={2006},
  volume={24},
  pages={1034-1050}
}
We consider problems of provisioning an excludable public good amongst n potential members of a peer-to-peer system who are able to communicate information about their private preferences for the good. The cost of provisioning the good in quantity Q depends on Q, and may also depend on n, or on the final number of participating peers m. Our aim is to maximize the expected social welfare in a way that is incentive compatible, rational and budget-balanced. Although it is unfortunately almost… CONTINUE READING
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