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Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy
Author: Tim Roughgarden

ISBN: 9780262182430
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16 April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.9
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Most of us prefer to commute by the shortest route available, without taking into account the traffic congestion that we cause for others. Many networks, including computer networks, suffer from some type of this "selfish routing." In Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy, Tim Roughgarden studies the loss of social welfare caused by selfish, uncoordinated behavior in networks. He quantifies the price of anarchy -- the worst-possible loss of social welfare from selfish routing -- and also discusses several methods for improving the price of anarchy with centralized control.Roughgarden begins with a relatively nontechnical introduction to selfish routing, describing two important examples that motivate the problems that follow. The first, Pigou's Example, demonstrates that selfish behavior need not generate a socially optimal outcome. The second, the counterintiuitve Braess's Paradox, shows that network improvements can degrade network performance. He then ...

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