Connection Incentives in Cost Sharing Mechanisms with Budgets

Tianyi ZhangDengji ZhaoJunyu ZhangSizhe Gu

Tianyi ZhangDengji ZhaoJunyu ZhangSizhe Gu

Nov 2023

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In a cost sharing problem on a weighted undirected graph, all other nodes want to connect to the source node for some service. Each edge has a cost denoted by a weight and all the connected nodes should share the total cost for the connectivity. The goal of the existing solutions (e.g. folk solution and cycle-complete solution) is to design cost sharing rules with nice properties, e.g. budget balance and cost monotonicity. However, they did not consider the cases that each non-source node has a budget which is the maximum it can pay for its cost share and may cut its adjacent edges to reduce its cost share. In this paper, we design two cost sharing mechanisms taking into account the nodes' budgets and incentivizing all nodes to report all their adjacent edges so that we can minimize the total cost for the connectivity.