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Peter Cramton, Yoav Shoham, and Richard Steinberg

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033428

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033428.001.0001

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Tractable Cases of the Winner Determination Problem

Tractable Cases of the Winner Determination Problem

(p.319) 13 Tractable Cases of the Winner Determination Problem
Combinatorial Auctions

Rudolf Müller

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This chapter offers information on several approaches used for making the winner determination problem (WDP) solvable by putting restrictions on the bid prices. It begins with integer linear programming formulations of WDP in order to get a tractable case for the winner determination problem. The chapter then focuses on another approach that is used for making WDP a combinatorial optimization problem by using the intersection graph of bids. As reported, the latter approach leads to faster algorithms in comparison with the linear programming approach. The chapter further explains how other models such as restricting bid sets or bid values can become suitable methods for showing tractability. Limitations that can hamper the performance of these approaches including economic inefficiencies, incentive problems, and exposure problems.

Keywords:   winner determination problem, bid prices, integer linear programming, algorithms, economic inefficiencies, exposure problems

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