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Advanced Issues of E-Commerce and Web-Based Information Systems, International Workshop on (2002)
Newport Beach, California
June 26, 2002 to June 28, 2002
ISSN: 1530-1354
ISBN: 0-7695-1567-3
pp: 81
Ryan Kastner , University of California at Los Angeles
Christina Hsieh , University of California at Los Angeles
Miodrag Potkonjak , University of California at Los Angeles
Majid Sarrafzadeh , University of California at Los Angeles
ABSTRACT
<p>Despite the large amounts of runtime needed to adequately solve a combinatorial auction (CA), existing iterative CA auction protocols require winner determination during every round of bid submissions. Using existing algorithms for winner determination will cause a timing bottleneck during the winner determination phase. Furthermore, there has recently been work which models the formation of supply chains through auctions. Here, winner determination is used for supply chain formation. As supply chains become more dynamic, there is a need for incremental algorithms that quickly and accurately restructure the supply chain while keeping the initial supplier/producer/consumer constraints satisfied.</p> <p>In this work, we look into the process of quickly and efficiently handling incremental changes in combinatorial auctions. Given some perturbations, we illustrate the trade off between preserving the previous solution while maximizing the valuation of the auction. Our results show that it is possible to use a locally optimal solution while sacrificing little solution quality compared to a globally optimal solution. When we have 5000 bids or more, the local algorithm gives a solution within 2% of optimal on the "matching" benchmark from the Combinatorial Auction Test Suite (CATS). Therefore, a simple, fast algorithm can be used to handle incremental changes in CAs with a large number of bids.</p>
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CITATION

R. Kastner, M. Potkonjak, C. Hsieh and M. Sarrafzadeh, "On the Sensitivity of Incremental Algorithms for Combinatorial Auctions," Advanced Issues of E-Commerce and Web-Based Information Systems, International Workshop on(WECWIS), Newport Beach, California, 2002, pp. 81.
doi:10.1109/WECWIS.2002.1021244
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